Fyre Fest Co-Founder Billy McFarland Reveals He Hasn’t Seen The Documentaries About Him
17.03.2023 - 20:37
The creator of Fyre Festival is sharing his side of the story.
On this week’s “Forbidden Fruits” podcast with Julia Fox and Niki Takesh, convicted fraudster Billy McFarland joined the show to talk about his experiences.
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McFarland was released from prison in March 2022, four years after pleading guilty to fraud over the disastrous music festival in 2017.
While he was in prison, several documentaries were made about Fyre Fest and McFarland’s role in the ill-fated festival.
“I still haven’t watched them,” he told the hosts, admitting that at this point it may just be “a source of pride” to not have seen them.
He also revealed that he was actually in jail with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, and reality TV star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Explaining that he spent his first six months imprisoned in a more “lenient” white collar prison, McFarland admitted that he actually “hated” it there.
“They were on my a** for every little thing, so of course, I got in trouble there,” he said. “I had a USB device in that jail.”
He explained that it was a recording device that he was using to try to transcribe a book.
“I kept getting in trouble and getting sent to worse and worse places,” he said, though he recalled some of those worse jails were more fun. “They were making toilet wine.”
McFarland also said that he spent a total of 10 months in solitary confinement, with one spell of seven months straight because he had tried to record a podcast over a payphone.
Talking about the celebrities and influences he got to do posts promoting Fyre Fest, McFarland said he can’t remember exactly how much each of them were paid.