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BuzzFeed Article on Unruly Agency Intimidation

BuzzFeed Article on Unruly Agency Intimidation

BuzzFeed Article on Unruly Agency Intimidation

BuzzFeed recently published an explosive article that provides information about the many allegations of unethical and illegal behavior by Los Angeles-based Unruly Agency. The talent agency has been accused of numerous transgressions: using deception to convince content creators to sign with Unruly, later threatening to sue clients for supposed contract breaches, taking control of clients’ personal bank accounts, and leaking nude photos of clients. All of this has left content creators who sign with Unruly feeling powerless and trapped.

BuzzFeed: Unruly Agency and Behave Agency Accused of Exploiting Online Content Creators

Unruly Agency is a major content marketing agency that represents a number of different influencers on OnlyFans and other social media platforms. Unruly also runs the Behave Agency, another online content management company with operations in Los Angeles. A large part of what Unruly and Behave do involves the day-to-day management of OnlyFans accounts belonging to content creators. This includes selling online content such as videos and photos, publicizing the creators’ work, and responding to messages sent by fans.

Given the staggering rise in the number of subscription-only platforms on the internet in the past few years, the market for online content creators has never been more competitive. Unruly has been able to capitalize on this by positioning itself as a reputable, reliable agency that is passionate about serving its clients. In fact, one of Unruly’s main selling points is that they can help content creators grow their brand by allowing them to reach a larger audience, which will translate into more followers and increased revenue.

For its story on Unruly, BuzzFeed News interviewed no fewer than 18 people and reviewed various documents reportedly showing that the talent agency was often misleading both clients and workers when it came to the details of contracts that were signed. At least two models who signed with Unruly said that company officials waived off their concerns about contract provisions by claiming that they were merely formalities. When the models attempted to get out of the contracts, however, those provisions were suddenly binding.

OnlyFans Models Hire Tauler Smith LLP for Legal Action Against Unruly Agency

Two former clients of Unruly recently enlisted the legal team at Tauler Smith LLP to represent them in civil suits against the talent agency. Both clients are young models whose lives were nearly ruined by Unruly. L.A. social media litigator Robert Tauler filed suit on behalf of the women in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeking damages and injunctive relief.

Tauler called the typical Unruly contract “a Frankenstein of the worst provisions I’ve seen put together in one contract.” He said the contract is clearly unlawful, and that its main purpose appears to be to manipulate and gain leverage over the young women who make the mistake of signing with Unruly Agency.

Generally speaking, Unruly’s contracts are exploitative and grant the talent agency an unreasonable amount of control over clients’ personal lives. For example, several clients were locked into contracts with automatic renewal provisions. These legally questionable provisions basically forced the models to stay with the agency for at least three (3) years. Additionally, at least one contract used by Behave Agency gave the company authority to take out a life insurance policy on a client, as well as requiring the client to share private medical information with the agency.

OnlyFans Creators Say They Were Victims of Intimidation & Threats by Unruly Agency

One theme that runs throughout the many allegations made against Unruly Agency in the BuzzFeed article is that the company bullies and scares young female models, influencers, and online celebrities. Amia Miley, a former client of Unruly/Behave, said that many of the girls who sign with the agency are worried about retaliation, so they simply don’t say anything.

One OnlyFans model who did speak up said that the company pressured her to publish sexually explicit content on the internet even after she made it clear that she was not comfortable doing so. Remarkably, Unruly and its founders, Tara Niknejad and Nicky Gathrite, actually promote the agency as a strong advocate for female empowerment and women’s rights.

The young models interviewed by BuzzFeed News made several allegations of improper behavior and illegal conduct by Unruly Agency, including the following:

  • Unruly uses deceptive recruitment practices. One of the allegations against Unruly is that the talent agency uses misleading tactics and high-pressure sales pitches to convince content creators to sign long-term contracts.
  • The contracts signed by clients are unclear. The contracts that some clients signed allegedly included terms that conflicted with the terms discussed during contract negotiations with Unruly agents. For example, clients have reported specific details missing from the written contracts after Unruly had explicitly agreed to those details in conversations.
  • Unruly uses the threat of costly lawsuits to intimidate clients. Once an OnlyFans creator signs with Unruly, they are locked into what some are calling an exploitative contract. If the client later wants to opt out of the contract and leave the agency, they are reportedly threatened with a six-figure lawsuit that could cause financial ruin.
  • Unruly publishes nude images without consent. At least one OnlyFans model has accused Unruly of secretly taking nude photographs of her while she was changing clothes during a photo shoot. Moreover, the model says that the agency later released those nude images on social media without her knowledge or consent.
  • Unruly takes control of clients’ personal bank accounts. Multiple models said that Unruly switched out the banking information on their OnlyFans accounts, essentially replacing the client bank account with the agency’s bank account. As a result, Unruly initially gets all of the income generated on OnlyFans, and then the clients are entirely dependent on the talent agency to pay out any money earned. Additionally, at least one client said that the agency was repeatedly late when it came to making payments.

Unruly Agency Also Accused of Exploiting Workers and Committing Wage Theft

According to the BuzzFeed investigation of Unruly Agency’s business practices, the company’s exploitative tactics are not limited to just clients. A number of current and former workers for Unruly have accused the agency of violating California employment laws by misclassifying the employees as independent contractors so that they could illegally underpay them. At least six (6) workers are reportedly planning to file lawsuits against Unruly for wage theft.

Contact Los Angeles Social Media Lawyer Robert Tauler

Although the BuzzFeed article focuses on alleged abuses of power and unlawful conduct by Unruly Agency, it also serves to highlight a broader problem among many talent agencies in California that routinely take advantage of OnlyFans creators, Instagram models, and other social media influencers. If you are a content creator or influencer who has been exploited by a talent agency, Los Angeles social media litigator Robert Tauler and the Tauler Smith LLP legal team can help you. Call 310-590-3927 or submit the contact form.

Unruly Agency Revenge Porn Lawsuit

Tauler Smith LLP Files Revenge Porn Lawsuit Against Unruly Agency

Unruly Agency Revenge Porn Lawsuit

Los Angeles-based law firm Tauler Smith LLP recently filed a revenge porn lawsuit on behalf of a well-known swimsuit model who is accusing Unruly Agency of distributing a nude photograph of her on the internet. The model is suing the marketing firm for explicitly violating the terms of their business agreement, damaging her burgeoning modeling career, and causing her to suffer severe emotional distress.

Unruly Agency Accused of Violating California “Revenge Porn” Laws

The model bringing the lawsuit is being identified as Jane Doe to ensure her privacy. She says that Unruly Agency violated California laws against “revenge porn” by publishing a topless photo of her on the popular social media platform OnlyFans. Unruly had complete control over the model’s OnlyFans account because they were supposed to be bolstering her status as a social media influencer.

After Jane Doe terminated her business relationship with Unruly Agency for an unrelated reason, the agency allegedly retaliated by posting the illicit photograph on OnlyFans. Unruly did this despite clear instructions from the model that she did not want any nude images published online. Moreover, the swimsuit model was not even aware at the time that Unruly was in possession of the nude photograph – she believes the social media company must have secretly taken the photo during a private photo shoot that they arranged.

Los Angeles Attorney Robert Tauler Represents Swimsuit Model in Revenge Porn Civil Action Against Unruly Agency

Attorney Robert Tauler, one of the co-founders of L.A. law firm Tauler Smith LLP, is representing Jane Doe in her civil action against Unruly Agency. Tauler filed a legal complaint with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on August 23, 2021.

The main cause of action in the lawsuit is Unruly’s alleged violation of the California revenge porn statute, which makes it illegal for anyone to intentionally distribute a photograph, film, video, or any other type of recording of another person when:

  1. The person distributing the photo or film knew that the victim had a reasonable expectation that the material would be kept private.
  2. The photo or film exposes an intimate body part of the victim, or it shows the victim engaging in a sexual act.
  3. The victim suffered damages as a result of the distribution of the explicit material.

The lawsuit filed by Tauler Smith LLP against Unruly seeks both monetary damages and punitive damages because Jane Doe suffered significant harm to her career, her reputation, and her mental and emotional wellbeing as a result of Unruly’s alleged actions. Additionally, the lawsuit seeks an injunction that would compel Unruly to take down the nude photo and stop circulating it on the internet.

Unruly Agency Accused of Exploiting Other Models & Social Media Influencers on OnlyFans

This is not the only serious allegation of wrongdoing that has been brought against Unruly Agency. Another OnlyFans model and social media influencer is currently suing Unruly Agency for allegedly exploiting her. According to that model, Unruly took complete control of her bank accounts, leaked sexually explicit images of her online and without her consent, and threatened her with “humiliation and financial ruin” if she ever tried to leave the agency.

Contact the Los Angeles OnlyFans Lawyers at Tauler Smith LLP

Are you a model or social media influencer who has been victimized by Unruly Agency or any other talent agency? The Los Angeles social media attorneys at Tauler Smith LLP can help you. Call 310-590-3927 or fill out the contact form to schedule a consultation.

Business Insider

OnlyFans Model Sues Unruly Agency for Revenge Porn

Business Insider

An OnlyFans model is suing Unruly Agency, a company that manages social-media accounts for influencers, alleging it took and distributed nude photographs of her without her permission.

The suit was filed Monday and claims the model, identified by the pseudonym Jane Doe, had “made clear to Unruly on multiple occasions” that she was “not comfortable with the publication of nude images due to her career plans after modeling.” It alleges that Unruly “covertly took nude photographs” while she was changing at a photo shoot.

The model also claims that when she tried to end her business relationship with Unruly, for an unrelated reason, the company published a nude photo of her on the subscription-content platform OnlyFans, “likely” in an act of “retaliation” which, she claims, constitutes “revenge porn,” under a California statute.

Read the full article on Business Insider.