Kendall Jenner and Models in Fyre Festival Promo Video Face Subpoenas Over Millions in Payments
Bankruptcy trustee says McFarland paid $1.2m to agency representing Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber.
Two agencies representing super models Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieberand Emily Ratajkowski might soon be forced to reveal details about the payments they received from convicted fraudster Billy McFarland for the failed 2017 Fyre Festival.
A subpoena is also expected for model and influencer Kendall Jenner as part of a broad effort to understand what happened to $11.3 million paid out by McFarland in the weeks and months leading up to the doomed festival. Earlier this month, a judge signed off on subpoenas for talent agencies including Paradigm for information on $1.4 million in payments for artists booked to play Fyre Festival. Officials say McFarland raised $26 million from investors and now a bankruptcy court is trying to figure out where the money went.
On Friday, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Fyre Media asked a judge for a new round of subpoenas for the models and social media influencers who helped promote the festival. Trustee Gregory Messer wants to subpoena IMG Models, the Endeavor-owned agency that represents supermodels like Hadid, Bieber and Elsa Hosk who appeared in a widely-seen promotional video for Fyre Festival. Messer said IMG received payments of $1.2 million from McFarland between November 2016 and February 2017.