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Former Employees Explain Why Fyre Festival Was Always Going To Be A Disaster — & How Executives Did Nothing To Stop It!

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Fyre Festival was doomed from the beginning.

About a week ago, word of the hot mess that was going down in the Bahamas took over everyone's timelines — and now we're learning more about what went wrong during the planning stages. Hint: EVERYTHING.

The Ja Rule and Billy McFarland "luxury" event promised "two transformative weekends" filled with supermodels and state-of-the-art villas… but hundreds of rich millennials and influencers flocked to the island getaway to find a FEMA disaster site and no music awaiting them. Bummer.

In a new interview with Variety, two event planners who had worked with the festival in the months leading up to doomsday called the whole situation "incompetence on an almost inconceivable scale."

Damn.

Related: Fyre Festival Hit With A SECOND Class Action Lawsuit

While Ja Rule has been facing a lot of the heat for the disaster, the employees say it was 26-year-old Billy who was making the decisions, along with 24-year-old chief marketing officer Grant Margolin.

One said:

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Ja Rule & Fyre Festival Co-Founder Billy McFarland Hit With A SECOND Class Action Lawsuit Over Shady Promotional Tactics!

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If there's one demographic you don't want to piss off, it's rich, litigious millennials who rely on Instagram to get most of their information.

That's what Ja Rule is learning the hard way after his catastrophic Fyre Festival left hundreds of concertgoers stranded in the Bahamas with nothing but disaster tents, sliced bread, and literal debris fires.

The rapper and his co-founder Billy McFarland were hit with a class-action lawsuit on Monday — and now, they're getting sued again!

Related: Ja Rule BANNED From Putting On Festivals In The Bahamas!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, three festival-goers — Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe, and Desiree Flores — filed a class-action lawsuit against Ja Rule, McFarland, and Fyre Media for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud.

The suit specifically accuses Fyre of promoting the event through social media influencers, who allegedly knew about the impending problems a month ahead of time but failed to warn customers.

Attorney John Girardi wrote in the suit, which was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court:

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Stranded Fyre Festival Travelers Locked In Airport Terminal For HOURS — And Some Passed Out From Dehydration!

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More awful conditions are coming to light about the dumpster fire that was Ja Rule's Fyre Festival.

A class action lawsuit was filed against the rapper and co-organizer Billy McFarland after hundreds of rich millennials and influencers flocked to the island getaway to find a FEMA disaster site and no music awaiting them.

Now, we're finding out all those affluent concertgoers had to deal with some Guantanamo Bay-level treatment while trying to get back home.

In the $100 million lawsuit filed by lawyer Mark Geragos, festival goers were locked in the airport terminal for hours as passengers waited for a plane to take them back to the states.

Related: Ja Rule BANNED From Putting On Another Festival In Bahamas!

Pictures obtained by TMZ show the exhausted travelers were trapped in the terminal like grass-fed cattle as security put a chain-link fence around the building to make sure they didn't escape.

Geragos claims that some of the weary passengers even passed out from lack of water and the heat. And we thought no luxury cabanas were hard living conditions!

Click HERE to see kids who paid upwards of $10K for a luxury getaway being treated like prisoners of war!

[Image via Instagram/Derrick Salters/WENN.]

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Ja Rule & Billy McFarland BANNED From Putting On Another Festival In The Bahamas!

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The Bahamas may be known for being laid back, but when it comes to allowing their name to be connected with dumpster Fyres, they're not playing around.

After the disaster that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are BANNED from doing any more "organizing" on the islands. Can't say we blame them. Those viral shots of crappy food and emergency tents cannot be good for tourism.

Related: Ja & Billy SLAPPED With Class-Action Lawsuit

But it isn't just the Fyre starters that are being targeted. The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism are cracking down on future fests as well, requiring more thorough vetting and frequent check-ins for any new events.

Ministry sources tell TMZ they would have stepped in the Fyre sooner, but because it was a private event, they weren't legally allowed until guest safety became an issue.

Would YOU attend a new festival in the Bahamas after this??

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Ja Rule & Billy McFarland SLAPPED With Class-Action Lawsuit For Fyre Festival!

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Ja Rule is getting sued for Fyre Festival.

The Fyre Festival was supposed to be overflowing with supermodels and Instagram hotties, but it was the exact opposite!

Related: 50 Cent Burns Ja In Epic Post

Feral dogs roamed a landscape dotted with FEMA tents, and not the luxurious accommodations promised for the very expensive ticket price.

Well, before the smoke has even cleared (literally!), Ja Rule and partner Billy McFarland are getting sued for lying and fraud.

One unlucky attendee is attempting to put together a class-action lawsuit, and calling the festival a "get rich quick scam," alleging that Ja and Billy knew it was a disaster months beforehand.

The suit, filed by celeb lawyer Mark Geragos and obtained by TMZ, claims that

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50 Cent Burns Ja Rule & Donald Trump In One Epic Instagram Post!

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We've seen a lot of hilarious responses to the unmitigated disaster that was Fyre Festival. But 50 Cent tops them all.

In one Instagram post, he was able to burn Ja Rule AND Donald Trump!

Related: Bella Hadid Apologizes For Promoting Fyre Festival 'Disaster'!

How? See for yourself, PLUS the latest update from festival organizers (below)!

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Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Co-Founder Admits They Fucked Up — But Wants To Try Again Next Year!

It's not even an apology.

What a disaster.

As we reported, the Fyre Festival, which was supposed to be held over this weekend on the island of Exumas on the Bahamas, turned out to be a complete joke.

Guests expecting a luxury trip arrived to disaster relief tents for accommodations, broken sewer pipes, and bread and cheese for food.

Related: The Best Tweets & Memes Clowning On The Festival!

Ja Rule, one of the organizers, has taken some of the responsibility for their lack of preparedness. Now, the rapper's co-organizer Billy McFarland is explaining what went wrong.

In a piece published for Rolling Stone, the 25-year-old entrepreneur says he hopes to make it up for their guests next year with free admission.

As for how this year's went so wrong, he details the conditions weren't perfect to start with:

"The Exumas didn't have a really great infrastructure – there wasn't a great way to get guests in here – we were a little bit ambitious. There wasn't water or sewage. It was almost like we tried building a city out of nothing and it took almost all of our personal resources to make this happen, and everything we had, to make this festival go on. We thought we were ready and built two different festival sites."

Smh.

Billy also blames a storm for taking down their original accommodations:

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