As far back as 18 months ago, LA Direct Models owner Derek Hay knew that the March 14, 2019 hit piece by NBC's Dan Przygoda was coming. Last year, Hay agreed to an on-camera interview for Mr. Przygoda’s report on a ‘Jane Doe’ case filed with the California Labor Commissioner, however Mr. Przygoda refused to accept certain parameters for the interview (the terms Hay requested are detailed in this video).
Mr. Przygoda went on to send certified letters to Hay’s home and to the home of an employee of LA Direct Models which contained peculiar and sometimes offensive questions unrelated to the Labor Commissioner case that purportedly formed the basis of his report.
Following this highly unusual and intrusive tactic by Mr. Przygoda, Hay sat down for a nearly hour-long interview October 20 in Las Vegas. He was not shown the questions in advance, and had no editorial control over the video other than his condition that every answer be shown in full.
“Although I’m not agreeable to doing an on camera interview with Mr. Przygoda under his terms,” he said, “I am happy to answer questions on camera where the answers cannot be edited to mean something else."