Three Playboy models claim they were picked up by Mexican immigration authorities in Meridá and spent 24 hours in the hoosegow because they didn’t have permission to work in the country.
The trio, Turkish model Elif Celik, American model Lauryn Elaine and French model Marie Brethenoux said they were nabbed at the Playboy Music Fest on June 30 when police believed they were working the event while there on tourist visas.
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They claim that during their entire detention they had to beg for food and water.
“We came to Mexico to celebrate each other’s company and to gain publicity with our fans by coming to these parties in Meridá and Cancun,” Elaine told Fox News in an email. “Around midnight, immigration came and busted into our party when all of us girls were sitting at our VIP tables enjoying champagne and music. They then rounded us up into a large room and weeded us all out by checking everyone’s IDs.”
Elaine claimed that although the three receive no remuneration for attending events such as that one, they were “taken for allegedly ‘working’ without a visa.”
But they look much better as Playboy models than they do as detainees.
“We do not get paid for these events so we were wrongfully taken because they abused their authority and thought they could shake down Playboy Mexico by taking us,” she said.
“They just arrested us while we were enjoying the party and then after a while, the cops just came in and asked for passports,” Celik said. “It was a horrible moment in my life that I have never had before.”
Elaine said they were loaded into a van and taken in for questioning. Afterward, the models were put “in a holding cell cage for almost 24 hours, and we had to beg for food and water.”
“Luckily our Playboy Mexico family was extremely quick on taking action,” she shared.
Playboy Mexico called the arrest a “misunderstanding” in a press release.
“There was an abuse of authority from immigration of Merida and federal police” toward some of the invited talent, according to Playboy.
But it ain’t over yet for the hapless trio. Elaine said they’re ” waiting to meet with immigration to sign the rest of the papers and get our passports back.”
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