Jeremy Meeks became something of an internet sensation when he was arrested last year.
What with his dreamy eyes, chiselled jaw and taut cheekbones, his mugshot went viral.
Getting thousands of “likes” and “comments” after the Stockton Police Department posted his picture on their Facebook, Jeremy looked all set for a career in modelling. There was just one small problem…
He was sentenced to two years in prison, for possession of a firearm.
People haven’t forgotten about Jeremy, however, and now he’s been released (early) he’s already been signed to a modelling agency.
His new agent – Jim Jordan from White Cross Management – told Newsbeat:
“When I first saw Jeremy’s picture, the first thing that came to my mind was I needed to help this guy. After speaking with his wife and meeting his family, I got a real sense of who Jeremy was as a husband and father, not to mention how beautiful he is inside and out.”
Stockton Police Department might disagree with the statement that he’s “beautiful inside”: they describe him as “one of the most violent criminals in the area”.
He’s been arrested multiple times over the past ten years – for grand larceny and identity theft, among other offences – and will have to attend a substance abuse programme now he’s walking free.
But Jim was convinced that Jeremy should be allowed a second chance:
“We have all done things in our past. But we are looking forward to Jeremy’s future. I do not think it will affect Jeremy’s career due to the overwhelming response he has received from clients and fans around the world.
The sky is the limit. He can go in many directions, including endorsement deals, acting opportunities, and reality show negotiations.”
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Image Credits: Jeremy Meeks Instagram