If you have been on the internet at any point over the last two years, the chances are that you’ll have heard all about Jeremy Meeks, the ex-convict turned-international model who shot to fame after local police released a photo of his mugshot on their website.
Meeks, who is from Stockton, California, was arrested in 2014 for gang-related activity and a misdemeanour charge of obstructing justice, but found himself at the centre of a widespread online frenzy after his mugshot was released, with netizens the world over describing him as the world’s hottest felon.The Independent last year reported that Meeks had been offered a modelling contract with the White Cross Management talent agency while he was still behind bars for his crimes. Since his release in March 2016, Meeks has walked the catwalk during New York Fashion Week, but it was his intended trip to Britain that has seen the model make headlines this week.The plan had been for Jeremy Meeks to travel to London after being photographed for a series of magazine covers – but the likelihood of this pursuit going ahead has been thrown into doubt after the 33-year-old was denied entry into the country by border control, in spite of the fact that he was carrying all the required paperwork from his parole officer.
Meeks’ manager, Jim Jordan, told the Daily Mail of the model’s ordeal;“We went into the UK and we went through immigration and they detained Jeremy. 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. We flew to London from Los Angeles this morning. We got there, and Jeremy and I walked up to the customs office together.”He added:“They stamped my passport. They looked at Jeremy’s passport and they said, could you guys go sit over there. So they put us in this sectioned off section and we were sitting there for an over an hour. Then they came to me and asked if I could go through customs without Jeremy. I started getting calls from Jeremy, saying hey, they’re putting me in this room and there’s another guy in here and the guy has been here for about eight hours.”The Daily Mail reports that Meeks’ wife, along with manager Jim Jordan, are currently in a hotel in London. Jordan says that they had come to London to attend a launch party for an issue of a magazine featuring Meeks that is set to be released on Thursday.Jordan says that he plans to visit the US embassy in London to seek advice on the incident and ascertain whether or not Meeks’ wife can continue her stay in the UK. “[This was] the very first thing that Jeremy has done. 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.”Jordan says that Meeks is now back in the United States – having landed in New York he now intends to get a connected flight to Los Angeles.