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Netflix’s documentary on the infamous Fyre Fest Fiasco in the Exumas had a lot of tongues  awagging after show producers accused two former public officials and a University president of corruption.

 Yesterday University of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney Smith is seeking to

clear his name from the discussion. 

The documentary spoke of festival organizers dealing with the pressures of putting on the luxury event with rapidly depleting cashflow. 

Event  Producer Andy King indicated he had “the head of the Bahamian Tourism

Board, the Minister of Finance, and the head of the University of The Bahamas waiting for $1 million dollars”. 

Dr. Smith categorically refuted these claims and added that that the University never involved with any contractual relations with event organizers. 

In the face of such allegations, the President is now being advised on the appropriate legal action in this matter. 

Meantime, Former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe, in an interview with the Guardian, said the organizers did not need the Ministry’s approval,  as the matter had already been received by local government officials. 

The music festival was expected to rival that of California based Coachella Music Festival. 

Festival attendees were said to have pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars in hopes of receiving an exclusive, luxury experience only to meet on a remote island with little to no running water, electricity, or food. 

Fyre  Festival Co-Founder Billy McFarland was found guilty in Manhattan, New York last year of defrauding investors of the festival and sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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