Before he allegedly fled the country after murdering his model ex-wife last weekend, former Megan Wants A Millionaire contestant Ryan Jenkins reportedly begged VH1 producers to give him the $250,000 cash prize he won on the network’s reality series I Love Money 3.
Ryan Jenkins is accused of strangling and dismembering former swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore, 28. Fiore and Jenkins, 32, were married in a quickie Las Vegas wedding in March, but the union was annulled shortly thereafter. Jenkins vanished after Fiore’s body was found stuffed in a bloodstained suitcase last Saturday. She was nude and several of her teeth and fingers had been removed.
He is believed to be hiding out in his native Canada.
According to a scoop courtesy of informants at Reality TV World, Jenkins stormed into the Los Angeles offices of 51 Minds Entertainment earlier this week and “begged” the company to give him a check for the $250,000 grand prize he allegedly won while competing on the show scheduled — at least for now — to air later this year.
His request was denied.
This news comes as VH1 and its affiliates deal with the public relations nightmare brewing in the wake the Jenkins scandal.
The production company behind Megan Wants A Millionaire claims it was “unaware” of Jenkins’ easily-accessible rap sheet and tendency to assault his lovers before it cast him on the show about a shallow woman trying to land a wealthy bachelor.
“51 Minds was not aware of Ryan Jenkins’s record when it cast him on Megan Wants a Millionaire. Obviously, if the company had been given a full picture of his background, he would never have been allowed on the show,” says the statement.
“The company did have in place what it thought was a thorough vetting process that involved complete background checks by an outside company for all contestants on its shows. Clearly, the process did not work properly in this case. 51 Minds is investigating what went wrong and taking steps to ensure that this sort of lapse never occurs again.”