Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has said he’s “too scared” to watch the documentaries about the festival.
McFarland served a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to wire-fraud charges related to the failed festival, and was the subject of Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Fyre Fraud on Hulu.
The co-founder spoke to British entrepreneur Steven Bartlett in his The Diary Of A CEO series, and said the documentaries made their way into the prison during his sentence on a USB stick, which other prisoners used in the prison TV room to watch them.
“I literally went outside, I think I was one of two people who wasn’t in the TV room watching the documentary, but I couldn’t do it,” McFarland said.
“I think I was still in the combative phase where I just hadn’t come to reality with everything that had happened and I was too scared to hear allegations or comments by the people and not be able to respond.”
He added: “I just hadn’t come to reality with everything that happened. I was too scared to hear allegations or comments by other people and not be able to respond.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it, so I feel like I wasn’t stable enough or mature enough at that time to watch it, and probably still am not.”
Titled PYRT, the event will see McFarland lead a treasure hunt which begins with participants tracking down one of 99 bottles with a message contained inside.