Oprah Posts Bail for 'Sexy Felon' Jeremy Meeks

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Oprah (L) and Jeremy Meeks
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Viral article claims Oprah Winfrey is so impressed with "sexy felon" Jeremy Meeks' looks that she has agreed to post his bail and give him a job as a talk show host.

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: June 2014
Status: FALSE (see details below)


Example:
Via EmpireNews.net, June 24, 2014:

Oprah Posts Bail For ‘Sexy Felon’ Jeremy Meeks

The internet was abuzz this past week when a mug shot of accused arms dealer Jeremy Meeks hit the web, making women swoon and men jealous over his movie-star good looks.

Apparently all the attention Meeks has gotten since being arrested has only helped him, as billionaire actress and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has reportedly agreed to pay Meeks’ $900,000 bail, with the intent of giving him a job as a talk show host on her OWN Network.

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Analysis: While it's true that a "sexy" mugshot of convicted felon Jeremy Meeks went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the Stockton Police Department on June 18, 2014, it is not true that Oprah Winfrey offered to post his bail and give him a job as a talk show host. The story is a spoof published by Empire News, a self-described "satirical and entertainment website" that specializes in humorous takes on pop culture phenomena and the news of the day.

Meeks, who had served time previously for grand theft auto and grand larceny, was arrested most recently on weapons and gang charges. To date, his mugshot has garnered over 98,000 likes and 12,000 shares on Facebook.

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Sources and further reading:

Oprah Posts Bail For ‘Sexy Felon’ Jeremy Meeks
Empire News (satire website), 24 June 2014

'Sexy' Mug Shot of California Felon Goes Viral on Facebook
KTLA-TV News, 19 June 2014

Last updated 06/25/14