Fyre Festival promoter Billy McFarland may be headed to jail for the failed and legendarily-meme’d concert fiasco in the Bahamas. However, according to Page Six, his lawyers are citing an “untreated mental illness” as the root of the problem.
“The evidence suggests that Billy has a good heart that has been led astray by poor judgment and by untreated mental illness,” sentencing papers for the 26-year-old read. His lawyers believe that he is suffering from bipolar disorder and severe alcohol abuse issues, and deserves leniency when he’s sentenced on Oct. 11.
His Fyre Festival partner, rapper Ja Rule, recently spoke to Drink Champs podcast about the disastrous event, which featured tents, cheese sandwiches and no headlining acts.
“I should’ve not trusted people in certain things,” he said. “And maybe, I’m positive things wouldn’t have been like that. That part of it I take all responsibility and I wish I wasn’t running around on tour and moving around doing things and not in the office and not being on top of the whole situation the way I should’ve been.”
McFarland pleaded guilty in two fraud cases after the festival failed, and he faces up to 14 years behind bars.