• Report: #557137
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Empire Model Management, Empiremodel.com,

  • Submitted: Wed, January 20, 2010
  • Updated: Mon, April 26, 2010

  • Reported By: ERIN — New York United States of America
Empire Model Management, Empiremodel.com,
424 Broadway 5th floor New York City, New York United States of America

Empire Model Management, Empiremodel.com, Justin Perry Justin Perry STOLE MONEY LIAR, SLEEZEBALL New York City, New York

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Presenting the Facts about Empire Model Management!

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basically Justin Stole money from me from a job that i did when i worked for him..last january 2009, justin sent me to a s**t hole apartment in Korea to model..when i flew back after 2 days of being there i had to pay the Korean agency money for there plane ticket..i told him to take the $1600 i was supposed to get from my job and send it to the korean agency..he told me he did and that he sent the money through western union..i went back to korea with a different agency and found out through my agency here that he never sent the previous korean agency the money. when i called him and told him that he tells me "oh they are lying because i sent them the money i will try and find the reciept to prove it to you and them"..less then 2 days later he gets on the phone with the agency and tells them im lying and that i never gave him the money..which is a flat out lie because the client always pays the agency and then your agent is supposed to keep his commission and write you a check..so there was no money to give because he already had it!! so he basically kept my $1600 for himself and just ignored the korean agencies calls and emails..also justin tries to get me to take nude pictures for him on several occasions which i obviously declined and also tells me how..if i took these pictures for him it would be for his eyes only because he has an underage girlfriend who wouldnt like it..this girl also works at the agency too-- shes an idiot as well for dating such a sleezeball--i hope she reads this too and realizes that YES your boyfriend is a LIAR, STEALER, and tries to get all of the models to take nude pictures for him behind YOUR BACK..dump him-and please anybody who is thinking about signing with this agency STAY FAR AWAY--- you wont get work anyway--he is 24 years old and thinks he knows how to run a company..he has no idea and will get you sh*t jobs anyway--STAY FAR AWAY FROM JUSTIN PERRY AND EMPIRE MODEL MANAGEMENT

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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Presenting the Facts about Empire Model Management!

AUTHOR: Empire model management, inc - (U.S.A.)

I admire those of you that are reading this message. It means that you are researching and verifying the company that you are possibly getting ready to work with. It means that you have a true interest in your choice to be a part of a very cut throat industry and that you want to make the right decision concerning your career. Knowledge is power and by researching you educate yourself so that you do not act in ignorance. There are many model management companies that cover and do many different things in the industry. Since the beginning it has been our goal to open the doors of the model industry to the few that actually have what it takes to make it. Unfortunately for Empire Model Management and many other top agencies we sometimes select models that are not up to par. There are many different reasons that a model may not succeed in the business. It may be anything from a bad attitude, not showing up for casting or work, being difficult to work with or just not having the right look. Each model is a very unique individual and Empire Model Management tries to build a foundation for beginning a long-term career in the modeling business. One model will never be able to look at another models career and judge how their career will go. Sometimes it does not work out between an agency and model. Every agency in operation has seen this happen to them and sometimes it ends very good and then there are times that it ends badly. I am sure that no one recalls when a model agency post potentially negative material on a model but I am also sure that there are thousands of post out there from models about how bad an agency is. How do you know what to believe? Good question! Go with the facts! Most of the time the work that the agency does speaks for its self. Clearly most any one can look at a website of a model management company and tell if it going in the right direction. You can tell by the quality of models that the agency represents, the caliber of work the models are doing, how the models progress and also the length in time from which most of the models are with the agency.

I would like to present all of the facts regarding the following model Erin Marie that was in fact a model under an exclusive contract with Empire Model Management. We will show below several pieces of evidence that shows Empire was more than capable in representing her to her highest potential. Models have to show up to castings and to actual jobs in order to be successful. Erin Marie failed at this task on several occasions with several different agencies.

Erin Marie Stated he gets you s**t jobs

Empire Model Management booked Erin Marie for some of the biggest names in the business, again when she showed up!

-Stella Mc Cartney

-Vasaline National Campaign

To name a few.



Erin Marie Stated he sent me to South Korea in January of 2009 to this s**t hole apartment-i came home after 2 days and had to pay back the Korean agency for there plane ticket

-This was the first trip that Erin Marie went to Korea for a modeling contract. The following emails clearly show that the problem was not the apartment. Oldest email starts at the bottom of this strand.

From: emarie5258@aol.com
To: Justin Peery
Sent: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 9:45 am
Subject: Re: read asap
I promise I will be in the city every single day when I get back- just bring me home!!!
-----Original Message-----
From: justin@empiremodel.com
To: emarie5258@aol.com
Sent: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 8:23 am
Subject: Re: read asap
I will call them and deal with each situation.... There is no shower? Jesus. I will have them move you asap. Jade will be way more help when u meet with her.
But in the mean time I will get things fixed and if they don't fix them then we
will either move you or bring u home... U will have to buy a plug converter for
your computer.
------Original Message------
From: emarie5258@aol.com

To: Justin Peery
Sent: Jan 4, 2009 2:57 PM
Subject: read asap
hey justin.. Im in Korea- and I have to be completely honest. I am pretty
miserable.. I dont have a cell phone, there isn't any outlets to plug in my
laptop so I can talk to my family and the guy who picked me up Ralph wasn't much
 I hate to be a baby- but this really sucks-the living situation is a whole
other story...but thats my last problem because I expected it. There isn't even
a shower.
  I truthfully cannot picture staying here for 2 months...please get back to me
asap about what my possibilities are because I dont think I can do this
 - Erin Marie


After the first trip a few months had passed and Erin Marie wanted to go back to this Awful Place South Korea to model. Emails below show her stating that she wanted to go back. She also came into the agency and did an Oscar nominating performance of how well she would do on this trip.


From: Erin Marie <emarie5258@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 13:15:02 -0500
To: Justin Peery <Justin@empiremodel.com>
Subject: hey justin
hey justin, I would have texted/called but my phone is dead and im at school right now.
I just wanted to see what the deal was with korea.
I have an appointment with my advisor at school this thursday to set up my spring scheduele. So i need to know if we're really going to do this because then I will take online classes- otherwise if its not going to happen ill take some classes that aren't all online. so please let me know as soon as you can. I am definitely on board with this whole thing I really want to do this and I actually think going back to Seoul will be better. I already know what to expect and I want to get as much great work and money as possible!
 so again please let me know asap!
-Erin Marie

From: Erin Marie <emarie5258@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2009 17:23:00 -0400
To: Justin Peery <Justin@empiremodel.com>
Subject: justin-
if we can rescheduele meeting to thursday or friday that would work better. I am going to work for my mom for the next 2 days on some big project she needs extra help with.
I know you'd like to discuss my dedication to modeling and how serious I am and I would like to apologize for the past couple of months I have just had a really crazy year. Ive had too many car accidents to count
and with my friend recently passing away I know it has effected work and I am sorry for that.
I truly do want to work though and I really want to take my modeling career as far as I can possibly go.
I would like to be in the city every day this week but I need the cash which my mom gives me at the end of the day- so Im going to work for her the next 2 days.
let me know how this works for you

From: Erin Marie <emarie5258@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:14:14 -0500
To: Justin Peery <Justin@empiremodel.com>
Subject: get my text?
hey justin- did jina ever forward you the purchased tickets?
 and whats happening with the pictures I dont have in my portfolio? are you ordering more?
-Erin Marie

From: Erin Marie <emarie5258@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:38:00 -0500
To: Justin Peery <Justin@empiremodel.com>
Subject: also..

also please make sure its a reasonable flight- i was looking at some online that leave on the 2nd and i really hope they dont make it for like 1:50 am on january 2nd- you know what im talking about? if they booked it already fine but try and get a reasonable flight and make sure they payed for the extra checked bag!!
please get back to me when you can

Erin Marie

Erin Marie states Vaseline- the client pays the agency first and then your agent is supposed to pay you..so he owed me around $1600

Here is the billing info for the Vaseline job. Erin Maries Math is off. Per the billing info and per the terms of our contract Erin Marie would take home $1000 after the agency takes its 20% Commission. For the new models out there this is how agencies make money. Model agencies charge the client a 20% and the model a 20% commission. Now you know.

From: Andrew Patterson
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:53:03 -0500
To: Justin Peery <Justin@empiremodel.com>
Subject: Billing Details for Vaseline
Hi mate,
Just confirming you will be billing: 
Paula Goodwin
Talent Partners/Print Payroll Services
(Address Removed for Security Purposes)

Total: $1250 + 20 % Agency

Model agencies often give models cash advances, pay for the models comp cards, marketing materials, test shoots, portfolios, and much more. It is never a gift. The model is responsible to pay back the agency for the money that is fronted for them. Nothing is free in any business. Luckily for Empire Model Management we have an accountant that tracks each transaction for each model. That way there are no questions.

Erin Marie did not take into account all of her expenses and cash advances that Empire Model Management had given to her. She did not calculate her expenses against her income. She made enough to cover her expenses and actually over the course of her contract took home money. When she asked us to pay her plane ticket from Korea we refused based upon our previous experience with her not showing up to jobs or castings. We knew that we would never see the money again. Her account would have been negative meaning she would have owed us the money back. She was a risk that we were not willing to take. She is a mad disgruntled model. Below is another email showing that she is nothing but unreliable. This is an agency that we placed her with on the west coast and had many amazing opportunities for Erin Marie that she just didnt show up for. We are modeling management companies, and we want models that want to work! Names and addresses have been removed to protect privacy of the agency.


Hi Erin,

I hope this email finds you well.

Both myself and other agents have been trying to reach since you have returned from Asia and had no response.  

At this point, we feel that it has been extremely difficult to get a hold of you when we have possible opportunities for you.  For this reason, we feel that our representation of you in the San Francisco/Bay Area will need to be terminated.  

As of February 1, 2010  you are free to seek representation with another agency in this market.  We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.


I hope that this information will be of some help to you that are reading and researching about this company and this business. We gladly welcome anyone who questions Empire Model Management, Inc. to come and visit that agency located in New York City. We assure you that you quickly will learn the true facts of how hard we work on each model. Quality over Quantity is our approach.

My name is Justin D. Peery and I am the acting CEO of Empire Model Management, Inc. I am answering these negative comments by this model because I personally have a care about what is being said about my establishment. Some people find it odd for an Executive to stand up and take action but if this happened more then the public would be more informed on what is going on.

My contact information for any comments or questions:

Justin D. Peery, CEO

Empire Model Management, Inc.

424 Broadway 6th Floor

New York, New York 10013



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