The Los Angeles City’s Attorney’s Office Monday filed a seven-count misdemeanor lawsuit against 36-year-old Vanessa Brewington, the owner and operator of “Contour Management” and “Modern Talent Group.”
Brewington, who also uses the alias Vanessa Von, is charged with ripping off children and young adults aspiring to become actors and models.
The Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs launched the investigation following consumer complaints. According to a department press release, Brewington’s “talent scouts” solicited victims at public places including Montebello Town Center, Target in Culver City and the North Hollywood subway station.
The “scouts” convinced the victims to purchase photo packages ranging from $300 to $900 from a studio called ‘N Focus Studio,’ which Brewington allegedly owns.
According to a statement released by the Los Angeles Department of Consumer affairs, “the photo packages…were advertised as professional, industry-standard engagements by a high-end photographer, but turned out to be a rushed, 10- or 15-minute shoot in a room packed with 15-20 other customers.”
Brewington will be arraigned on Aug. 8, and if convicted could face up to five years in county jail and more than $45,000 in fines and penalties.
Anyone who has been victimized by Contour Management or Modern Talent Group should contact Consumer Affairs investigators Morine Merritt at (213) 974-9673 or Esther Martinez at (213) 974-9942, or file a complaint online at dca.lacounty.gov. For more information about talent services, visit dca.lacounty.gov/TalentServices.htm