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article image'Hot mugshot' guy Jeremy Meeks lands modeling agent, not contract

By Samantha Chang     Jul 2, 2014 in Entertainment
Jeremy Meeks, the "hot mugshot guy" who made headlines after his sexy mug shot nearly broke the Internet, has landed a talent agent who's shopping her client around to modeling agencies and Hollywood scouts, in the hope of capitalizing on his notoriety.
"Jeremy has an amazing look and has received international attention, which I feel can only help him flourish in the entertainment industry," his talent agent, Gina Rodriguez told ABC News.
"Jeremy could make somewhere between $3,000 to $100,000 per month through endorsements and modeling."
Despite widespread reports that Meeks has already signed a $30,000 modeling contract, Digital Journal has confirmed that no such deal was struck.
Still, even false reports of Meeks' modeling prospect have made headlines around the world, underscoring just how popular he has become overnight.
Meeks' dubious rise to stardom began after he was arrested for alleged felony weapons possession as part of a sweep of gangs in Stockton, Calif. Jeremy became an overnight Internet sensation when his hot mugshot went viral after the Stockton Police Department posted it on its Facebook page.
Throngs of lovesick women went crazy over the dreamy, blue-eyed bandit. Meeks' mug shot has garnered more than 100,000 Facebook likes and almost 27,000 comments, mostly remarking on Jeremy's brooding good looks.
But before Meeks can launch a modeling (or any other) career, he must first get out of jail. Jeremy is being held on $1.1 million bail for 11 felony counts, including firearms possession and gang membership.
Meeks' mother, Katherine Angier, launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his bail. Angier, who said her son is a devoted husband and father, said Meeks' tattooed appearance has caused him to be stereotyped.
"He has old tattoos, which causes him to be stereotyped," wrote Angier. "He's my son and I'm just trying to raise funds to help him in any way. Please help him to get a fair trial or else he'll be railroaded."
Meanwhile, Jeremy's agent said his modeling contract could be just the thing that will turn his life around. "I believe this can be a positive change for Jeremy and his family," said Rodriguez.
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