by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
After the fest’s organizers Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins and Billy McFarland have been hit with several lawsuits, even more controversy is now surrounding the ill-fated event.
Vice News has released leaked audio of McFarland telling Frye Media employees they will not be receiving payments from the company.
The site reports:
On Friday, Billy McFarland, the 25-year-old founder of the disastrous Fyre Festival, told his shell-shocked employees that their paychecks covering the past two weeks would not be coming. Nor would he be firing them, a prerequisite for unemployment benefits in most states. Instead, McFarland offered to allow his dozen-or-so employees to stay on in unpaid roles, where they could work to grow the business to a place where they might get paid again.
The conversation also included an employee asking McFarland if there should be any concern about an FBI investigation.
“I don’t know. I think that’s an individual thing,” replied McFarland.
The FBI has reportedly declined to comment on whether the agency is investigating Fyre Media.
Ja Rule was on the conference call, but the rapper was mostly listening.