• Report: #1035460
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ABFAB Management

  • Submitted: Sun, March 17, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, March 18, 2013

  • Reported By: Concerned Mom — Orlando Florida
ABFAB Management
1121 N Mills St Orlando, Florida United States of America

ABFAB Management AbFab, AbFab Models, Jane Rooney, Abfab Agency, Abfab, Jane Rooney-Rost, AbFab Miami, AbFab Orlando Concerned and disappointed mom! Orlando, Florida

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My daughter signed with this agency when she was 16 years old and am happy to say that she worked and was paid although sometimes it took months. I am one of the mothers who paid the fees to be on Abfabs website, paid for several photoshoots, paid for comp cards, an Abfab portfolio book and at first thought my daughter and I were being directed by a true professional in the industry.  I was directed to Ripoff Report by a friend a few weeks back and was astonished at how many negative reports are against this agency.  At first I wouldn't believe it and even argued with my friend against the statements but I asked my daughter and a couple of other models about what was written in these reports.  Although my daughter and her friends who still model for Abfab seem unphased by what was said they laughed and said everything was true.  Well I am not laughing and I don't think this is funny!  I asked about Janes alleged drunkeness and they said they have witnessed this on many occasions.  I was told Jane keeps wine in her office and she and her friends all sit in there and drink while models (some underage left in her care) are doing shoots in the back.  I thought about how many times I left my underage daughter under her supervision when she was doing shoots and I am angry this was going on the whole time.  My daughter doesn't seem to mind because she said Jane treats her like a friend.  They say Jane gets really affectionate and acts like a hurt child when she is drunk and they all feel sorry for her and want to help her.  They even said she begs them to help her so she can get business.  This explains all of the free things my daughter did for her.  Would she want anyone burdening her children with their problems? Next I find out that "friendship" with Jane includes Jane revealing all of her personal problems to my daughter and her friends.  She told these young underage girls about her marital problems, family problems, problems with her business, problems with her adult friends, problems with her business associates and other personal problems.  Things that shouldn't burden or may be inappropriate for a teenager. I also found out that my underaged daughter was left in the care of strange photographers and and equally shady characters including strange men and some strange acting homosexuals, asked to do inappropriate photo shoots by Janes photographer friends and left in the hands of other odd people Jane associates with when I thought my daughter was with her.  We are Christians and we don't drink or associate with people who go against what the bible says.  Even if I do approve I should have been told who my daughter was associating with.  The mother who alerted me to this site is a friend  that I sent to Abfab and was suspicious of the agency as she is with anything concerning her daughter.  She did her homework beforehand and when they met with Jane asked her about the complaints and the things said about her agency.  My friend told me that Jane got really upset and perturbed.  My friend said Jane wouldn't address the complaints to settle her concerns but instead was very rude. I was fooled by the British accent and the terms of endearment she constantly uses in her conversations but now I am aware of the truth and of the ripoff involved with dealing with Jane and her agency.  I even learned that Jane has no modeling agency experience and I really believed she did.  I am horrified that I didn't see this and ashamed of myself for not seeing past the endless stream of lies she told to my daughter and I.  I want to thank ripoff report for awakening me to the what took place with this agency and its owner.  I have since asked my now college age daughter to quit the agency.  I hope other mothers read this and take these complaints very seriously.  If you do meet with Jane question her about these complaints and her shady business practices before you sign.  I learned the hard way after shelling out over a thousand dollars this agency is not credible in any way.  You can sign me hurt, angry and very disappointed!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/17/2013 11:51 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/abfab-management/orlando-florida-32804/abfab-management-abfab-abfab-models-jane-rooney-abfab-agency-abfab-jane-rooney-rost-1035460. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Band Together and Report Her

AUTHOR: honestrealreviews - ()

Relying on an Internet "complaint" site does nothing in the long run...these posts will soon drop down on major search engine results. And when readers see that the agency is STILL up and running, without having endured any major fallout, they will assume that these posts were merely the rants of scorned models and mothers.

Government agencies CANNOT ignore complaints from over a dozen models and parents...they will be forced to investigate the agency, which could potentially lead to permanent closure. These complaints will not be seen as a fluke, or as someone who is "out to get" the agent.

Do not concern yourself over strongly worded letters that her husband-attorney may have sent on her behalf in the past. If he is smart, he will disassociate himself from this situation quickly, or will risk having his practice dragged through the mud as well. The DBPR will investigate and thoroughly look into ANYONE who helped her execute any wrongdoings, including ex-employees who knowingly wrote emails filled with false information. If you believe that her husband assisted the agent in carrying out fraud, you can also report him to the Florida Bar Association. 

Contact the DBPR immediately. www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr 
Contact any federal, state, county and city licensing departments that has the ability to look into her business.
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AUTHOR: AnonymousMom - ()

I am sorry that your 16 year old daughter experienced such antics and I would be appalled if that happened to me.

As a person close to the situation, I can assure you that what your daughter told you is true. While I have no knowledge of whether your daughter worked or not, I can verify several issues you are concerned about, as I have personal and direct knowledge of such behaviors and I have been a target of her tactics:

1. Jane Rooney married a Business Attorney in Orlando shortly after her divorce from her British husband who returned to England. They married in Pinellas County in the spring of 2010.

2. Jane Rooney Rost is well known to enjoy her wine, at all times. She also is known to drink at work and on shoots. She has been known to become intimate with employees. She was also seen having an alcohol induced domestic fight with her husband at an Orlando bar.

3. Jane Rooney Rost has experienced severe personal problems involving her husband, finances, her children, and her immigration status.

4. Jane Rooney Rost will threaten anyone who asks her a direct question, even after she just sat across from you at lunch over salad and wine and explained how she has been victimized by her husband. She has been known to send drunken text messages to people at all hours of the day and night and has no problem calling an adversary and using words that would make a sailor blush.

5. Jane Rooney Rost is ruthless when getting what she wants, to the point of threats, harassment, stalking, and legal letters from her Husband's firm.  She loves to threaten to "expose" the actions of others to cover her own bad conduct. She will, however, offer to back down if you give her money.

6. Jane Rooney Rost will be as pleasant to you as possible when caught lying, then turn around and threaten you in every way. When you confront her, she has been known to resort to extortion. Do not confront her alone. If you choose to confront her at all, take a friend. She can turn on a dime.

7. Jane Rooney Rost has never owned a modeling agency before and at one point had virtually no money to effectively run it.

8. Jane Rooney Rost has much to hide.

I hope this will in some way assure you that you are right to be concerned, and that your daughter is not exaggerating. This agency has some very serious problems. There is, however, much more going on and minors should not be exposed to the ugliness and dishonest activities that are evident to adults. 

I have never before spoken publicly, although I have known for several years about the problems, because until I read your post, I had NO IDEA she employed children. I always assumed it was women over 18. I am very concerned that minors were left in her control. I am certainly putting my own safety at risk by doing this, but children must be protected.

I wish you well.
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