Male model Jeremy Meeks has been banned from entering the UK. Meeks started his modeling career after a picture of his mugshot went viral and earned him the nickname “hot felon”
Hot felon rise to fame:
Meeks was arrested in February, 2014 for possessing an illegal firearm, he was subsequently charged and sentenced to jail for 27 months.
Following his release Meeks decided to start his modelling career in March 2016 after the positive reactions his mugshots earned him. He appeared in February on the catwalk in New York Fashion Week
Meeks, 32, was supposed to appear in an event in London as well as participate in several modelling shoots, but he was stopped from entering London by border officials.
Jim Jordan, Meeks’ manager, said that the model and his wife landed in London, but he was detained by the border officials, who then turned him away and deported him back to the US. Meeks reportedly arrived back to New York City on Monday.
In an interview with the Mail Online, Jordan said: “He wasn’t arrested but they deported him out of the country. They wouldn’t let him come into the country. He is really upset. He was police-escorted onto the plane.”
According to Jordan, Meeks had all the correct travel documents to be able to get into the country, but still he was questioned for four hours, fingerprinted, and strip searched.
Jordan added: “It was his first time in London and he was all excited, it was his big debut. He was on the right track for what we feel was going to be his new life. Now he’s very sad. Hopefully this is just a setback and he will be able to come back from this.”
Meeks appears in a video while walking down the airport, he is venting his frustration and saying: “I’ve been denied. London don’t want me here having served my time. S*** is crazy.”