But on arriving in London on Monday, Meeks was detained by UK border officials and banned from entering the country, despite claiming to have the correct paperwork and a letter from his parole officer. Meek, who is from Stockton, California was flown back to the US, and landed in New York on Monday night. His wife and manager who were traveling with him are still in a hotel in London.
Less than eight hours after he arrived London’s Heathrow Airport, Meeks, 32, was detained by UK border officials and banned from entering the country despite the fact that he had the correct papers and a letter from his parole officer. He was in the UK to shoot a series of magazine covers, according to his manager Jim Jordan.
His manager, Jim Jordan narrated the incident to DailyMail. Meeks’ wife and manager Jim Jordan, who were traveling with him, are currently holed up in a hotel in London.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Jordan said:
“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.”
A video shot by Meeks at the airport shows him being escorted onto the flight accompanied by officials and Meeks did not seem pleased in it. Pointing to his escort, he said:
“I’m sick of this s***. I’ve been denied. London don’t want me here having served my time. S*** is crazy.”
Meeks became famous in 2014 when the Stockton Police Department posted his mugshot on their website, following his arrest for street terrorism [gang activity] and a misdemeanor charge of resisting/obstructing justice. His photo went viral because of his good looks with internet users branding him “the hottest convict ever.”
He was sentenced to 2 years in prison in 3025 but was released in March 2016 for good behavior. Immediately after his release, model agencies fell over themselves to have him model for them. Meeks embarked on a modeling career then and appeared on the catwalk at Phillip Plein during New York Fashion Week in February. He has also completed his first cover shoot – for British magazine Man About Town, with the issue featuring the felon due to launch this Thursday.
Meeks, his wife Melissa, and his manager Jim Jordan, had flown to London to attend the launch party but while Jordan’s passport was stamped at the airport, Meeks was ordered to stand aside and he was interviewed for the next eight hours, fingerprinted and searched before being told he could not enter the UK and escorted onto a New York bound American Airlines flight. Jordan said Meek had all the correct papers and had obtained a work visa for the trip, yet he was not allowed into the country.
“We flew to London from Los Angeles this morning. We got there, and Jeremy and I walked up to the customs office together. 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,” Jordan said.
“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. He said they were interviewing me, they’re going to do a search and they’re doing all these things.
“They did a four-hour interrogation, they took a s*** ton of pictures of him. They strip-searched him, they fingerprinted him. They locked him in a small room for hours. They took his passport from him, they didn’t give him his passport back. They basically said, you cannot come into the UK with no explanation. Jeremy is really sad, he’s just really sad.”
Jordan says he will visit the US Embassy in London to seek assistance and will also make sure Meeks’ wife can continue her trip to the UK.