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OnlyFans Models Sue Unruly Agency

Two more OnlyFans models are suing Unruly Agency for exploitation. On the heels of Tauler Smith LLP lawsuits against Unruly Agency on behalf of exploited social media influencers, two more OnlyFans models have come forward with their own allegations of wildly improper and abusive conduct by Unruly. The models said that the big-name marketing agency has engaged in exploitative conduct that included pressuring them to pose for sexually explicit photos, posting nude images on their OnlyFans accounts without permission, and issuing threats when they attempted to exit their contracts.

To learn more about the shocking new allegations against Unruly Agency for exploiting influencers, keep reading.

Rolling Stone: Fitness Model Sarah Stage Sues Unruly Agency for Sexual Exploitation & Threats

Unruly Agency is one of the largest and most well-known agencies for social media influencers. The agency, which was founded by Tara “Elektra” Niknejad and Nicky Gathrite, represents clients that include Tana Mongeau and Harry Jowsey. With the recent surge in popularity for the OnlyFans platform, Unruly has become one of the go-to agencies for mainstream celebrities looking to break into what was once a taboo subscription-based model.

Sadly, many of Unruly’s clients have found that the agency’s behavior can be unsavory, manipulative, and illegal. A recent Rolling Stone article details how Sarah Stage and Jessica Quezada are the latest models to take legal action against Unruly and its affiliate agency Behave. Sarah Stage, a fitness model with a massive following on Instagram, has accused Unruly of using high-pressure tactics to try to convince her to post nude photographs against her wishes. Along those same lines, Quezada has accused Unruly of posting sexually explicit captions on her OnlyFans photos, as well as sending highly inappropriate messages containing sexually explicit content to her OnlyFans subscribers.

As detailed by Rolling Stone, Steele and Quezada also alleged in court documents that Unruly made direct threats when they tried to leave the agency. In fact, this is a theme running throughout most of the lawsuits filed against Unruly: the marketing agency is accused of threatening models who asked to get out of their contracts. In at least one instance, Unruly reportedly continued to operate the model’s OnlyFans account even after the contract was terminated – until she finally gained access and changed her passwords.

Tauler Smith LLP Represents OnlyFans Models in Lawsuits Against Unruly Agency

The recent charges that Unruly posted sexual images of the popular influencers and fitness models without their consent is in line with similar allegations brought by other models and online content creators against the social media management company. This includes documented abuses like engaging in sexually exploitative behavior, pressuring models into illegal contracts, and threatening the models with financially crippling legal action.

In a case filed last year by Tauler Smith LLP on behalf of an OnlyFans model identified only as “Jane Doe,” the model alleged that Unruly Agency surreptitiously took nude photographs of her and then posted them on her OnlyFans account as “revenge porn” retaliation. Jane Doe also said that Unruly unlawfully took control of her personal bank accounts and finances. Another model accused Unruly of posting a sexually explicit video to her OnlyFans page without her consent, as well as threatening and intimidating her when she expressed a desire to leave the agency.

Both models are being represented in OnlyFans lawsuits by L.A. social media litigator Robert Tauler. Mr. Tauler did not mince words when describing Unruly as “basically pimps” who take advantage of young, vulnerable women looking to earn an income as OnlyFans creators and social media influencers.

Contact the Los Angeles Social Media Litigators at Tauler Smith LLP

The new allegations against Unruly Agency would be shocking if they weren’t so commonplace: this is just the latest entry in a long list of known abuses by the marketing agency. If you are a model, lifestyle influencer, or other type of social media influencer who has been exploited by Unruly, you should speak with an attorney immediately.

Tauler Smith LLP is a California law firm that has experience with social media litigation. We help models get out of bad contracts with abusive agencies, and we also help them get the compensation they deserve. Call us at 310-590-3927 or fill out the online contact form to explore your legal options.

Rolling Stone Article on Unruly Agency Exploitation

Rolling Stone Article on Exploitation by Unruly Agency

Rolling Stone Article on Unruly Agency Exploitation

As the subscription-based platform OnlyFans has exploded in popularity over the past few years, so too has a cottage industry of management companies and agencies. One of the most well-known companies, Unruly Agency, is now facing new lawsuits from two influencers who allege that Unruly pressured them into posting sexually exploitative content and threatened them when they tried to leave the agency. In two separate filings, model and lifestyle influencers Sarah Stage and Jessica Quezada are accusing Unruly Agency of trapping them into exploitative contracts and posting nude and sexual photos without their consent.

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In 2021, the Daily Beast reported that a former client identified only as Jane Doe was suing the agency, alleging that it had posted an NSFW video of her to her public page without her permission and that they had threatened her with legal action when she tried to leave the company. “These guys are basically pimps,” Jane Doe’s attorney Robert Tauler told the Daily Beast.

Read the full article on the Rolling Stone website.

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.

BuzzFeed

Unruly Agency Accused of Exploiting OnlyFans Creators

BuzzFeed

A growing chorus of clients and current and former workers at the social media management company Unruly say the agency has engaged in deceptive recruitment practices that locked them into agreements threatening six-figure penalties for contract breaches and handing over expansive control of their personal lives, while demanding work they hadn’t realized they’d signed up for and, in some cases, publishing nude images of them without their consent.

Read the full article on BuzzFeed.

Daily Beast Article on Unruly Agency Lawsuit

Daily Beast Article on Lawsuit Against Unruly Agency

Daily Beast Article on Unruly Agency Lawsuit

A recent Daily Beast article details a lawsuit filed by Tauler Smith LLP against Unruly Agency. The article provides significant background on the legal action, including allegations that the social media marketing agency negligently leaked nude videos and photos of one of its clients.

The Daily Beast Publishes Article on Tauler Smith LLP Lawsuit Against Unruly

The Daily Beast article offers a good introduction to the dangers posed by talent agencies like Unruly that take advantage of social media influencers. These agencies often promote themselves as being committed to “female empowerment,” and many aspiring models buy into that marketing slogan – only to later find their lives ruined.

Unruly Agency is a well-known talent agency that represents several prominent influencers on social media platforms like OnlyFans and Instagram. One of those clients, identified in the lawsuit as “Jane Doe,” recently enlisted L.A. social media litigation attorney Robert Tauler to file suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Doe is a 21-year-old model who initially hired Unruly to help build her social media presence before realizing that the agency was actually causing irreparable harm to her brand.

Disturbing Allegations in Legal Action Involving Social Media Talent Agencies Unruly and Behave

Jane Doe’s lawsuit alleges that both Unruly Agency and Behave Agency (a spin-off agency for smaller influencers) use shady business practices to take advantage of young models and online influencers looking for assistance with marketing and reaching their fans through subscription-only services such as OnlyFans.

The following are just a few of the illegal actions that Unruly Agency has been accused of in the Jane Doe lawsuit:

  • Posting an illicit video of the model to the public section on her OnlyFans page. The nude video was later leaked all over the internet.
  • Posting a “private” photograph of the model on someone else’s OnlyFans account.
  • Changing the model’s online payment information and rerouting OnlyFans income from her bank account to the agency’s bank accounts.
  • Threatening to ruin the model financially when she attempted to leave the agency.

Doe’s attorney, Robert Tauler, said that the people running Unruly and Behave “are basically pimps” who try to squeeze as much money as possible out of social media influencers. Tauler noted that in his client’s case, Unruly Agency even included a provision that allowed the company to take out a life insurance policy on the young model – something that Tauler had never encountered before in his legal career.

Despite the obvious allure of hiring a high-profile agency like Unruly, doing so could ultimately be harmful to a social media influencer’s career, financial bottom line, and emotional wellbeing. That’s one reason why it can be highly beneficial to consult with a qualified social media lawyer before signing any contract with an agency.

Contact the Los Angeles Social Media Litigators at Tauler Smith LLP

Tauler Smith LLP is a Los Angeles law firm that represents clients nationwide in social media litigation, business fraud disputes, and intellectual property matters. If you are a social media influencer who has been victimized by a talent agency, our experienced attorneys may be able to help you. Call 310-590-3927 or submit the firm’s contact form.

Daily Beast

Model Accuses Unruly Agency of Exposing Her Nudes & Threatening Her

Daily Beast

Unruly Agency reps some of the biggest influencers on Instagram and OnlyFans. But content creators are warning others to stay far away, and one model is suing the agency.

With the likes of influencer Tana Mongeau, YouTuber Daisy Keech, Too Hot to Handle cast member turned TikTok provocateur Harry Jowsey, the Clermont Twins, and dozens of other social media stars and models on its roster, the Unruly Agency seems to be the place that could take an influencer’s brand to new heights.

But clients and contractors who worked with Unruly and Behave Agency—Unruly’s spinoff for smaller influencers—are warning others against signing with either of the firms, citing sketchy business practices and a ruthless cash-grab attitude.

Read the full article on The Daily Beast.

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Tauler Smith LLP Files OnlyFans Lawsuit Against Unruly Agency

OnlyFans Lawsuit

Tauler Smith LLP, a Los Angeles law firm that represents clients nationwide, recently filed a lawsuit against Unruly Agency and Behave Agency, two marketing firms for aspiring models and social media influencers. At the heart of the case is an allegation that the talent agencies took advantage of a young model by exerting undue control over her finances and by threatening her when she wanted to leave the agencies.

Unruly Agency and Behave Agency Accused of Exploiting OnlyFans Model

The model bringing the legal complaint against Unruly and Behave is being identified in court documents as “Jane Doe” to protect her privacy. According to Jane Doe, she hired the talent agencies to assist her with marketing her content on the OnlyFans social media platform, which allows fans of a model or influencer pay a monthly fee to subscribe and access exclusive content from that model.

After enlisting Unruly and Behave to help her sell content on OnlyFans, Jane Doe reported that the talent agencies quickly took complete control of her finances. The agencies also allegedly leaked sexually explicit content of the model without her consent. When she tried to sever the business relationship, they would not allow it: they are accused of threatening the model “with humiliation and financial ruin” if she ever attempted to leave, including the distribution of private sexual materials, videos, and photographs.

The official legal complaint against Unruly and Behave was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 15, 2021. The lawsuit raises a number of legal claims, including:

  • Business Fraud
  • Unfair Business Practices
  • Negligence
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Jane Doe is asking the court to award both general and punitive damages in the case, in addition to issuing a preliminary injunction against the Defendants.

L.A. Business Fraud Lawyer Robert Tauler Represents Artists, Models, and Influencers in Social Media Litigation

Attorney Robert Tauler is one of the founders of Tauler Smith LLP, and he has extensive experience representing clients in litigation involving social media, business fraud, and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Tauler is the attorney representing Jane Doe in her lawsuit against the powerful talent agencies. Tauler did not mince words when discussing the behavior and actions of Unruly and Behave, calling them “modern day pimps” who “operate in the shadows of the cloistered COVID economy.”

You can view the legal complaint that was filed in L.A. County Superior Court.

Contact the Los Angeles Social Media Lawyers at Tauler Smith LLP Today to Discuss Your OnlyFans Case

Artists, models, and social media influencers who use the OnlyFans platform may find that they need a qualified attorney to protect their interests. If you are the victim of an unscrupulous talent agency, or if you simply need a lawyer to review your OnlyFans contract, call 310-590-3927 or fill out the contact form.

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BitClout Raises Intellectual Property Concerns

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With the Bitcoin and NFT bubbles continuing to grow, a new crypto-based company has hit the market looking to capitalize on the investment wave. Instead of investing in a business or product, BitClout offers users a new investment option that is described by its owner as a “new type of social network that lets [users] speculate on people and posts with real money.” Backed by some of Silicon Valley’s biggest investors, like Sequoia Capital and Winklevoss Capital, BitClout’s creators hope that it is poised to have a bright future.

However, BitClout is not without controversy over some of its current business practices, some of which may raise intellectual property concerns. To learn more about the possible legal issues posed by BitClout, keep reading this blog.

What Is BitClout?

BitClout users deposit Bitcoin into the platform in exchange for BitClout currency, or creator coins. The value of these coins is based on the reputation or popularity of the celebrity profile the user chooses to invest in. The more popular the profile, the more valuable the creator coin. In theory, if there is a new indie band that a user believes will break into the mainstream, the user can purchase the band’s creator coin now while the cost is low; as the band’s popularity increases, so will the value of the coins the user has purchased.

While users can deposit BitCoin in exchange for BitClout currency, there is currently no way for a user to cash out should they want to do so. The founder of BitClout hopes to have a currency exchange in the future but has no specifics on how or when they will be able to offer a cash-out option. BitClout appears to be a volatile investment, offering the potential for a quick rise and equally quick fall in investment value, with no way for users to cut losses and cash out.

Legal Issues Posed by BitClout

There have been questions raised about the legality of NFTs, cryptocurrency, and related digital assets on the blockchain. One point of controversy surrounding BitClout is their aggressive growth strategy, in which their network was pre-populated with profiles from the top 15,000 public Twitter profiles. Influencers like Kim Kardashian and Elon Musk had profiles created without signing up for or agreeing to the platform. While the founder of BitClout says this was done to prevent user impersonation or handle squatting, the company is currently using the private information of celebrities and influencers without their expressed consent.

One influencer, Brandon Curtis, has already served BitClout founder Nader Al-Naji with a cease-and-desist letter for using his personal information without consent. Curtis is arguing that it is the individual’s right to profit from his or her own identity, and to choose what organizations they collaborate with. Depending on the outcome of Curtis’ intellectual property case, it is possible that many of the other pre-populated profiles on BitClout will also seek to be removed from the platform.

Contact the California Intellectual Property Lawyers at Tauler Smith LLC

Tauler Smith LLC is a Los Angeles law firm that represents clients in intellectual property disputes, including cases involving copyright infringement. If you believe that you are a victim of a copyright violation, or if you have been accused of a copyright violation, our experienced IP attorneys can help you. Call or email us today to discuss your legal options.