The man whose Stockton police mug shot went viral, earning him a moniker as the "handsome felon,” could have a lucrative future waiting for him after his latest legal woes are over.
Jeremy Meeks, 30, has joined the ranks of “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham, Donald Sterling’s former companion V. Stiviano and “Octomom” Nadya Suleman as clients represented by Hollywood agent Gina Rodriguez, who told ABC News she thinks the man known as “handsome felon” can use those good looks to earn between $3,000 and $100,000 a month as a model.
“Jeremy has an amazing look and has received international attention, which I feel can only help him flourish in the entertainment industry,” Rodriguez told ABC.
Meeks was charged last month with illegally possessing a firearm, as well as other gun- and gang-related charges. He was also accused of violating his parole, prosecutors said.
But his arrest turned out to have unintended consequences after his booking photo was posted on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page, attracting worldwide media attention.
Not long after his photo went up on the site, someone created a fan page on Facebook for Meeks, which received tens of thousands of “likes” and hundreds of comments from people all over the world swooning over his chiseled looks and piercing eyes.
“I believe this can be a positive change for Jeremy and his family,” Rodriguez said.
Meeks, however, remains in custody in lieu of $1.1-million bail.
His mother has started a gofundme site to help fund his legal defense, claiming on the site that Meeks’ tattoos -- such as a “crip” on his right forearm and a teardrop under his left eye -- have led to negative stereotypes.
For his part, Meeks said he’s done things in his past that he should not have, but that he’s not a hardened criminal.
“I just want them to know that this is really not like me, I’m not some kingpin,” he said in an interview with KXTV in Sacramento.
He told the news station that he spent years in prison for grand theft and that the teardrop tattoo on his cheekbone was for doing some things in his past that he is not proud of.
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