Earlier today, Feb. 6, Georgia gossip blogger and failed adult talent agent Mike South ran an email from a new female performer who claims that Ideal Image Models, the talent agency run by performer Tee Reel, is ripping her off.
Without hearing Ideal Image Models’ side of the story, and despite admitting that he was still “waiting for more info”, South declared that “everything in this girls [sic] story is correct.”
The fearsome blogger also added, “I would STRONGLY suggest that Tee Reel and Ideal Image Management make good on this payment in the next 24 hours.”
Well, it turns out, payment had already been sent to the performer BEFORE South’s story ran (see bottom of page).
Here is Tee Reel’s response, which was also sent to South. It includes some fascinating details.
Tee also sent us an audio file of a voicemail message purportedly left by performer’s boyfriend (scroll to the end)…
Below is a timeline concerning [the] recent post regarding said model.
On 12/11/13 this model was signed to Ideal Image Models. Her first scene was a few days later. As a performer who has shot some 3,000 scenes, I am one of the contract guys for this company. This model’s first scene was with me, and she earned $1,000 for an hour long scene. She was paid and she paid off her commission.
On 12/22/13 this model was booked with Alicia Silver Productions for a scene for www.allover30.com. This model was given all the relevant information and told she would be on set for a “full day.” Anyone who has ever shot for several of these types of companies can confirm that there is an abundance of photos, solo clips and a boy/girl scene. Unfortunately this specific shoot took longer than usual because of the simple fact that she was new and had never done a photo shoot before or solo clips or pretty much everything. Alicia took her time to help the model so that the performance would be a good one.
On 12/23/13 this model sent a detailed email that she felt “Ideal Image Models” took advantage of her, etc etc. and that everyone she spoke to said it should have only lasted 8 hours and that she wanted to be paid and paid now. I informed the model that it takes 1-2 weeks usually to receive payment.
On 12/29/13 this model was calling saying that it had been a week and she wanted her money and she was going to go to the cops because we were stealing from her. Please note that this is also right in the middle of the holiday season.
On 1/5/14 this model was continuing to call the office, text, have her boyfriend call, threaten, etc. saying she needed to be paid. At this point in time we had received her check, however the funds from the original producer had not been sent making the check useless until a funds transfer had been completed. We did tell this model that it should be a
few days and they could come to the office for the check.
On 1/11/14 this model and her boyfriend came to our office. I informed them and showed them the check and that we had not cashed out the check and weren’t holding her money. They demanded a post-dated check which I refused to do. Both parties went ballistic claiming we were stealing, etc. There were 3-4 witnesses including other models in the office when this went down. They were asked to leave, but not before calling the police who told them to contact the Labor Commisisoner.
On 1/13/14 the police arrived at our office. I told them the same story. Showed them the footage of her actions from our security video feed and they told the model and her boyfriend that this was a billing issue and not a police issue.
On 1/14/14 all of the Ideal Image Models staff were in Las Vegas for the AEE convention.
On 1/21/14 the Ideal Image Models attorney indicated that we needed to follow a certain protocol before issuing payment to this model. We could no longer just send her a check like we always have from a trust account. In addition Ideal Image Models attorney now was in conversations with Alicia Silver Production’s attorney to see how best this should be
On 1/27/14 the Sheriff’s department was sent to Alicia Silver Productions because this model reported the company for putting kids in harm’s way. Obviously this was an attempt to harm Alicia Silver Productions and showed the lengths that this model would go to.
On 2/5/14 Ideal Image Models was given the ok to deposit the Alicia Silver check and issue payment.
On 2/5/14 Ideal Image Models issued payment and sent the check certified mail.
Please find relevant information attached including blatant voice mail threats and paper documentation.
We are one of the fastest growing licensed talent agencies in the industry. We have never not paid any model. You will see that we never deposited this model’s check, therefore we weren’t holding on to her money.
This model has never contacted any of the other models we represent. I honestly wish she would have asked some other models in the industry who have waited on payroll checks for just as long in rare cases from several different companies.
We have more full time employees then most of our competitors and no one is owed money. This model is trying to portray that she knows the inner workings of how Ideal Image Models operates, however she has only been to our office once, and that was on a weekend. She also claims that she’s asking other talent agencies to try to figure out our “financial” situation which should raise a red flag right there.
She then contacted Monica Foster to “Get Dirt” on myself and my company.
But there is no dirt- I’m a 10 year vet in this business- I don’t drink smoke or do drugs- I don’t promote or encourage escorting for my models nor have I ever been arrested. All legal issues that have been accused about my company have been found to be untrue, and myself and my legal department will do everything in our power to protect my company and our models.
Please feel free to ask any questions, and listen [to] and post just one of the many Voice Mails left by this model’s drug enraged boyfriend.
I pride myself on running a successful legal talent-friendly and supportive licensed and bonded talent agency, and I will continue to do so!
All the best – TJ aka Tee Reel
Ideal Image Models
818-886-4424 ext 15
Audio isn’t safe for work — NSFW:
UPDATE: Mike South has now taken credit for clearing this situation up and getting the performer paid.
Well, here is proof that the performer’s payment was in fact sent out BEFORE Mike South’s February 6th story ran blasting Ideal Image Models: