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Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and others subpoenaed in relation to Fyre Festival

Models and social media influencers who promoted the infamous Fyre Festival in 2017 may be forced to testify in court.

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and others subpoenaed in relation to Fyre Festival

Kendall Jenner (Photo: AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

Agencies that represent Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Elsa Hosk and other models will be subpoenaed as part of Fyre’s bankruptcy filing, according to court documents obtained by E! News.

Fyre Festival's bankruptcy trustee Gregory Messer filed an ex-parte order in bankruptcy court to examine a number of agencies and it was approved on Tuesday (Jan 29).

There's currently an investigation underway to uncover what happened to the US$26 million (S$35.19 million) that Fyre Festival's founder Billy McFarland spent in the months before the festival imploded with massive food, shelter and security problems.

The so-called luxury festival was supposed to take place in April 2017 on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma.

According to Billboard, Messer is looking into US$5.3 million in payments in this latest subpoena. The grand total of payments being investigated thus far from the number of orders is US$11.3 million.

According to the court filing, Messer is now turning to IMG Models, DNA Model Management and Kendall Jenner Inc. for some answers about McFarland's payments to their agencies in relation to their appearance in the festival's promotional video.

IMG represents Baldwin, Hosk and Hadid, while DNA has Emily Ratajkowski. Billboard says McFarland paid IMG US$1.2 million over a span of four months spanning from November 2016 until February 2017.

In January 2017, Jenner apparently received US$250,000 for her role in promoting Fyre Festival. Similarly, DNA Model Management got US$299,000 in March 2017.

The luxury-weekend-turned-scam was the subject of two documentaries released earlier this month: Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Although models and social media stars were paid upfront for their appearance in the promotional material, Netflix’s documentary highlighted how workers in the island of Great Exuma were not paid for their labour and costs when the event imploded.

Last year, McFarland pleaded guilty to fraud charges and is now serving six years in prison.

Source: CNA/my