Wife of 'Dreamy Mugshot Man' Is 'Furious'

And Jeremy Meeks' mom says he's good, not bad
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2014 12:10 PM CDT
This Wednesday, June 18, 2014, booking photo released by the Stockton Police Department shows Jeremy Meeks, 30, who was arrested Wednesday on felony weapons charges in Stockton, Calif.    (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)

(Newser) – The wife of "handsome mugshot man" Jeremy Meeks is none too thrilled with his newfound online celebrity, Fox News reports. Arrested this week on a gang charge and five weapons charges, Meeks fueled tens of thousands of Facebook "likes" and more than 11,000 shares with his blue-eyed, chiseled mug shot—but his wife is "furious," a friend told CBS Sacramento at Meeks' arraignment on Friday. "Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it’s funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things." In other "Meek-dreamy" news:

  • Meeks says he appreciates the attention, "but I just want them to know that this really is not me," he told News 10.
  • That said, Meeks has served two years for grand theft and had "brushes with the law" for resisting arrest and associating with the Crips gang, CNN reports. This time he was arrested by Stockton police for driving a car that contained a round of ammunition, an unregistered handgun, and a little marijuana, police said.
  • Meeks' mom insists his criminal life is all in the past. She says he's a family man with a son, a practicing Christian for seven years, and only packs heat because he's an ex-gang member who has to protect himself, TMZ reports. She's also started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his defense.
  • Pay for his defense? Phhh: One online commenter has offered to foot Meeks' entire $900,000 bail, reports Mediaite. "His bail is $900,000. Seriously, I’m willing to pay it," went the Yahoo comment. "How do I do that? and if I pay his bail, does that mean he won’t go to jail? and do you think he’ll marry me?"
For more, see the initial reactions to Meeks' mugshot. (Read more Jeremy Meeks stories.)

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