Billy McFarland, the promoter of the botched 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, has apologised from prison.
McFarland was sentenced to six years behind bars after pleading guilty to defrauding investors and then to a ticket selling scam earlier this year.
Speaking for the first time since his sentencing, McFarland told People.com he is “incredibly sorry” for his actions, and “will right the wrongs I have delivered to my family, friends, partners, associates and, you, the general public.”
“I’ve always sought – and dreamed – to accomplish incredible things by pushing the envelope to deliver for a common good, but I made many wrong and immature decisions along the way and I caused agony,” he continued. “As a result, I’ve lived every day in prison with pain, and I will continue to do so until I am able to make up for some of this harm through work and actions that society finds respectable.”
The Fyre Festival was cancelled after the first wave of fans, who had been charged between $5,000 (£3,780) and $250,000 (£189,000) for tickets to see sets by the likes of Major Lazer, Tyga, Pusha T and Desiigner, took to social media upon their arrival to vent about the lack of basic accommodation and bad catering, while all the major acts pulled out of performances when it became clear it was a shambles.
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