• Report: #380573
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Empire Model Management, Empiremodel.com, Justin Perry

  • Submitted: Sun, October 12, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, November 14, 2008

  • Reported By:new york New York
Empire Model Management, Empiremodel.com, Justin Perry
424 Broadway New York, New York U.S.A.
  • Phone: 646-2022885
  • Web:
  • Category: Employers

Empire Model Management, Empiremodel.com, Justin Perry Fraud, Predators, Scam, Dishonest New York New York

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: The Facts about Empire Model Management

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My child was picked by Empire Model Management to be a model. When she went to meet them, she had to go to their apartment in Queens. Once inside she saw as many as 10 models living in this small apartment. She met with Justin Perry who told her she could model. There were both boys and girls sleeping everywhere in the apartment. She was told she had to move into the apartment and pay over $1,500 to sleep in a little room shared with other kids.

Justin also said he had to test shoot her for another $800.00. Many of the kids were underage and when she talked to them they told her that Justin would insist on sexual favors to make them successful and send them out to work and bring back money for Justin. Many of the other kids told her that Justin has had relations with many of the female models and if they don't cooperate they would not get anything and be blackballed from the industry. He uses scare tactics and intimidation to get what he wants.

She also met someone named Ryan who was doing the same thing with the boys. Most of the kids want to achieve their dreams so they give in and are too scared to do anything because Justin threatens them and makes them believe he can ruin their chances of becoming a model. These guys are predators and have taken a lot money and sexual favors from their models.

After paying $800 for her pictures she was told that she would be introduced to wealthy men who could help her out financially in exchange for her doing what they said. These guys need to be stopped, they are scammers, liars and predators. They get there models some free test shoots and some get into magazines but what they have to pay and do for it is really wrong and very bad. She is very scared of them and she won't say anything because she believes they can hurt her career.

They are nothing but glorified pimps and people need to be warned to stay away from them. Both Justin and Ryan use threats and intimidation to keep the models in line and quiet. What they are doing is illegal and they need to be stopped. Parent of any child with Empire Model Management in New York City should speak to the children immediately and find out if they have been exploited. I also found out Empire has been banned by most conventions because of complaints from parents.

Parent against predators
new york, New York

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

The Facts about Empire Model Management

AUTHOR: Empire Model Management, Inc - (U.S.A.)

I am Justin Peery, CEO of Empire Model Management, Inc. New York.

1. Empire Model Management, Inc. has only been in business for two (2) years, not three as stated in this post.

2. Empire Model Management, Inc. will not release the income of its models, but most make much more than $5,000. The work of our models speaks for itself, www.empiremodel.com. We do not promise or guarantee that every model that signs with us will be successful. It would be impossible to do so. It is a simple fact of life that some models are not successful, usually because they are unreliable or difficult to work with.

3. Like other agencies, Empire Model maintains an apartment for our models while they are in New York. Like other agencies, our models reimburse Empire Model for the use of this apartment from their earnings. The cost to our models of staying in this apartment is far less than it would be if they stayed in a hotel or rented their own apartment in New York. This apartment saves our models thousands of dollars.

4. Only two models have left Empire Model in the last six months. Both owe Empire Model for expenses advanced on their behalf. We have every reason to believe that they are the authors of this post as they orally threatened to smear Empire Model. Their contracts are exclusive and will remain in effect until their account is resolved. Empire Model is considering suing the authors of this post for defamation if it makes economic sense to do so.

5. Empire Model has never threatened a model's career. However, when necessary, like other agencies, we notify clients of models that are difficult or unreliable.

6. No one at Empire Model Management, Inc. has ever tried to pimp' or sell models. Nor has anyone ever had sexual contact with any minors.

Our lawyers are informed of this and will be dealing with this matter. Statements against an individual that are false are considered to be Slander. False statements against a New York Corporation with the intent to damage the name or potential income of the company is Slander.

Slander n. oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. Slander is a civil wrong (tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit. Damages (payoff for worth) for slander may be limited to actual (special) damages unless there is malicious intent, since such damages are usually difficult to specify and harder to prove. Some statements such as an untrue accusation of having committed a crime, having a loathsome disease, or being unable to perform one's occupation are treated as slander per se since the harm and malice are obvious, and therefore usually result in general and even punitive damage recovery by the person harmed.
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