Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels By Ian Halperin

Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels By Ian Halperin

Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels
By Ian Halperin

Several paragraphs out of Ian Halperin’s book Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels:

“Amanda McCullen is a striking, flaxen-haired supermodel who was represented by the DNA agency. She’s been linked romantically to several well-known models and actors, including Matt Dillon. In 1999, McCullen was accused of shoplifting by the store owner of a downtown New York boutique. The owner, Greg Gumo, claimed that McCullen came to his Fiend boutique-art gallery on Orchard Street on June 17 with two female friends named Sage and Graph. Gumo said that McCullen walked out with about $1,500 worth of the latest imported Japanese fashions. McCullen and Sage, who is the former girlfriend of rap star Q-Tip, used to work for Gumo in a postcard business in Miami. McCullen asked Gumo to reimburse her money that she felt he owed her, but Gumo responded that he didn’t owe her a dime. Gumo claims that McCullen brought her pit bull into the shop to threaten him. After McCullen refused to leave the shop, Gumo called the police. At that point, Gumo said, McCullen took shirts, pants, and skirts right off the racks and made a quick exit. When an officer from the Seventh Precinct arrived about twenty minutes later, he and Gumo drove around looking for McCullen but were unable to find her.

Later, McCullen was tracked down by reporter Jared Paul Stern of the New York Post, and offered a completely different explanation. ‘He’s just insane,’ McCullen told Stern. ‘I’m not the type of person to steal anything. He [Gumo] owes me about $2,000 from Miami, so I went by there and told him he should give me clothes – not that I’d ever wear any of that stuff anyway. But I’ve lived in this neighborhood for eleven years, and he must be crazy if he thinks I’d steal like that. And besides, my clog is the biggest baby in the world.” Gumo said that he intended to pursue the case. He told the New York Post that McCullen had a very cocky attitude. ‘She thinks she’s above everything, that it’s all a joke, but she’s in trouble now,’ Gumo said. [It is a psychological ploy used by those being brought into question with a guilty mind to blame their accuser of the same thing they themselves are guilty of being.]

A Seventh Precinct detective who worked on the case was hesitant to put the blame on McCullen. ‘This is an ongoing investigation,’ he said. ‘All parties involved are going to have to come down to the station for questioning. There’s always two sides to everything.’ A source close to both Gumo and McCullen reveals that the model was trying to get back at Gumo for not paying her. The source, who requested anonymity, said that Gumo had indeed reneged on several payments he owed McCullen.”

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