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Fact Check-Story about a death row inmate is not about model Jeremy Meeks

A story shared on Facebook , which is accompanied by a photograph of convicted felon-turned-model and actor Jeremy Meeks, is not about him. A representative for Meeks confirmed the claim is false.

Examples of the misleading post featuring Jeremy Meeks are visible here and here .

Meeks rose to fame in 2014 when his California mugshot went viral, earning him nicknames like “prison bae” and “hot felon”. Reuters 2014 coverage of Meeks is visible here .

After serving a prison sentence, E! Entertainment reported (here) that Meeks signed a modeling contract with White Cross Management. His active talent profile is visible here .

The story on Facebook about a son preparing for death has an actual court photo (here) of Meeks. A different version of the post with an unidentified male dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit is visible here .

The letter in the posts begins: “Dear mom, if the law was fair today you would be here seated next to me waiting to be electrocuted in the electric chair, but since the law is blind I been convicted for the crimes we committed together.”

Reuters could not independently verify the author of the text.

Management at Meeks’ agent Bex & Call told Reuters in an emailed statement that the claims are “very false.” Meeks is not incarcerated and has an active and verified social media profile visible here . He can also be seen in a June 16, 2021 interview here for his recent film appearance in Secret Society (here).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. A letter posted on Facebook alongside a photo of Jeremy Meeks is not about him. Reuters could not identify the author of the Facebook letter on social media.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  . 

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