On Wednesday, numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Daily Mail and, ahem, Gawker, reported that famously photogenic mean-mugger Jeremy Meeks had landed a $30,000 contract with L.A.'s Blaze Modelz. Their source? A one-minute video from last Thursday's episode of TMZ. Not too surprisingly, that story didn't hold up when investigated by Bullet writer and anti-bullshit crusader Luke O'Neil, who took the unprecedented step of asking someone if it was true.
"We haven't even talked to Blaze Management at all," Meeks representative Brandi Snail told O'Neil, a statement she confirmed this morning to Gawker via email, saying, "He has not signed to Blaze Modelz nor has he been signed to any modeling agency." So unless the economics of modelz-ing are somehow completely different from every other industry, a $30,000 hand-off is pretty unlikely. As for that figure, it's said by exactly no one in the source video, apparently coming from an earlier TMZ article stating Meeks could potentially make that much in a month as a model.
Still, Meeks' management remains hopeful about about the alleged felon's alleged career, mentioning to O'Neil ongoing talks with White Cross Productions' Jim Jordan. A representative for White Cross denied this completely.
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