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WME's Marc Geiger Accuses Pemberton Organizers Of Fraud

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — WME head of music Marc Geiger leveled a broadside against the organizers of the Pemberton Festival, following the event's abrupt bankruptcy announcement last week.

"I want each of them to know 'I coming after you personally,'" Geiger told Billboard in an interview. "We're going to pursue all of these people to the full extent of the law."

In the interview, Geiger accused Huka Entertainment's A.J. Niland and Evan Harrison, Pemberton land owners and investors of fraud after Pemberton organizers disclosed that ticket holders would need to pursue refunds in bankruptcy court.

"This is fraud, pure and simple," Geiger told Billboard's Dave Brooks. "The only difference between Pemberton and Fyre is that Pemberton sold their event with trees instead of supermodels."

Huka promoters A.J. Niland and Evan Harrison told Billboard that they had been moved out of controlling roles at the festival, and claimed that they did what they could to minimize the fallout from the cancellation.

Representatives for the festival's investors did not respond to a request for comment, Billboard said. – Staff Writers