In Netflix’s Fyre, Maryann Rolle revealed that she was never paid by the organizers of the failed Fyre Festival.
Both Hulu and Netflix have released their own documentaries on the failed Fyre Festival, but it was the latter that took a closer look at how it affected locals in Exuma, the island where the event was supposed to take place.
Among those interviewed was Maryann Rolle, a woman who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille. Rolle was hired by Fyre co-founder Billy McFarland and his company to cater the festival. In the documentary, Rolle reveals that only was she never paid for her work but she had to use $50,000 of her own money to pay staff.
In advance of the film dropping, Rolle created a GoFundMe page with a target amount of $123,000.
“It has been an unforgettable experience catering to the organizers of Fyre Festival. Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals,” Rolle wrote on the page.
“As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.”
As of Tuesday, Rolle has received $161,087.
Following the release of both documentaries, which have both been praised and criticized, rapper Ja Rule, McFarland’s business partner, distanced himself from both documentaries, taking to Twitter to criticize the films.
“I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???” the artist tweeted in a series of posts.
Unlike McFarland, who’s serving a six-year sentence for wire fraud related to the festival, Ja Rule hasn’t been charged with anything.