If solely he’d had sufficient time, Fyre Festival might’ve been criminally enjoyable.
In a brand new jailhouse interview, incarcerated celebration organizer Billy McFarland admitted that he lied to the investors who put hundreds of thousands into funding his infamous 2017 luxurious retreat failure — however blamed an unattainable timeline for the scam he’s now doing time for co-organizing.
“I think the biggest mistake before I went awry was just setting an unrealistic time frame for the festival,” McFarland, 29, informed Jordan Harbinger in an unsanctioned interview which has since landed the con man in solitary confinement, in accordance to the radio persona.
“Had we given ourselves a year or two and had I obviously not made the terrible decision to lie to my backers, I think we could have been in a bit better place, but regardless of the mistakes that I made or what made things go wrong,” he continued. “So that’s where things started and ended.”
McFarland just isn’t shy about admitting that he lied, later restating that, “I knowingly lied to them to raise money for the festival. Yes. And that’s what the crime was. The crime was inexcusably lying about the status of the company to get the money I thought I needed for the festival.”
The hustler — who’s serving a six-year sentence for fraud, at present at Lisbon, Ohio’s Elkton Federal Correctional Institution — swears that the most important lie he informed was to himself and that he genuinely maintained the delusion he might pull off the pageant till the very finish.
“I legitimately thought the festival was going to be executed,” he mentioned, earlier than launching right into a story about attempting to constitution a cruise ship to home the friends who’d been promised luxurious housing however as a substitute ended up sleeping in FEMA tents.
In hindsight, he’s repentant and regretful.
“[There’s] no excuse and I wish I could have just woken up one of those mornings in the beginning and I just had stopped,” he mentioned, acknowledging that, on the time, he hadn’t had the endurance to get assist to cease and his impatience had price him his morals.
The interview concludes with McFarland confessing that he struggles to correctly apologize and that, regardless of how historic or freezer burned, “I love shrimps.”