Jail cam from a soft cell

Herald Sun - - News - Cameron Adams

TAX cheat Glenn Wheat­ley has re­port­edly been signed to star in a TV re­al­ity se­ries to be filmed while he com­pletes home de­ten­tion.

Syd­ney mu­sic in­dus­try iden­tity Phil Tripp said yes­ter­day the show would be shot in Wheat­ley’s South Yarra man­sion over a 13-week pe­riod.

Tripp said the work­ing ti­tle was Soft Cell — Mu­sic Mogul Man­sion’s Crim Crib.

No stranger to caus­ing con­tro­versy, Tripp even plans to use nov­elty an­kle bracelets, sim­i­lar to the one Wheat­ley will have to wear as part of his home de­ten­tion, as a way to mer­chan­dise the show.

But Tripp re­fused to com­ment on whether Wheat­ley would make any money from the se­ries.

Tripp claimed they have the same lawyer, but said he had not vis­ited Wheat­ley in jail. He did not com­ment on how the re­al­ity show plan was hatched.

‘‘Glenn has a long and re­spected his­tory in the mu­sic in­dus­try, a colour­ful ca­reer, and is an en­ter­tain­ing fel­low who de­serves a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over,’’ Tripp said in a press re­lease.

‘‘We think this se­ries will not only get him sym­pa­thy from the curious pub­lic but also help him mon­e­tise his sit­u­a­tion in a unique way.’’

The Wheat­ley fam­ily did not re­turn calls about the ru­mours, ini­tially laughed off by many in the mu­sic in­dus­try as a joke.

Tripp hopes many of Wheat­ley’s fa­mous friends will fea­ture in the show as they visit his South Yarra house.

Wheat­ley is to be re­leased from Beech­worth Prison on May 19.

Tripp said TV cam­eras would fol­low Wheat­ley home as he was re­united with his fam­ily.

‘‘I think this pro­gram will bring him back into the pub­lic’s eyes and hearts.

‘‘It’s the Aus­tralian ev­ery­one wants.’’


Glenn Wheat­ley

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