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Real-life family saga 'The Blind Side' takes another ugly turn with 'extortion' allegations

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The inspiring story behind the movie “The Blind Side” took another dark turn as the Tuohy family alleged that Michael Oher had tried to extort them out of millions.

“Think what it's going to look like when it comes out.”

(Video: ABC)

Alleged threats to smear Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy as “fakes” and “thieves” were included in a filing Monday by the family as part of their ongoing battle with the former offensive lineman NFL after his claims of being cheated out of NFL benefits. film based on his life.

According to one of the messages, they are said to have been sent to the Tuohys, who had their guardianship from Oher finished in September, the soccer player claimed the couple “stolen over fifty million” before adjusting the sum to $10 million.

“If something is not resolved [sic] this friday i will go and tell the world how mine was supposedly stolen [sic] parents This is the deadline,” said a screenshot of a message attributed to Oher in the filing.

“It was 10 million now I want 15 after tax,” said another message, in addition to allegations the player is alleged to have said: “Think what it's going to look like when it comes out.”

“Needless to say, the threatening lawsuits were shocking and hurtful to the Tuohys, who had always treated Mr. Oher with kindness and love,” an attorney for the Tuohys had stated in the filing.

In August, his lawyer Steve Farese had said: “We're not going to be well armed. We haven't done anything.

Based on their filing, the Tuohys claimed that the roughly $140,000 Oher had received as a profit from “The Blind Side” was identical to the sum each of the four family members had received as individuals.

The Tuohys repeatedly denied claims they had benefited significantly from their deal as Oher's Conservatives. However, a Nov. 30 petition from the player stated, “Without Mr. Oher, there would have been no film. The Tuohys had it backwards: 80% of the proceeds should have gone to the petitioner and 20% to the Tuohy family.

Meanwhile, the family's accounting of transferring the sums to Oher in ten installments dating back to 2007 indicated that the last one had been deposited on April 17, 2023, but that sums had subsequently been sent to a bank account in name of Oher's son after he was called. have started rejecting the funds.

Oher had objected to the Tuohys' accounting of how much money the family had made from the film that had won 300 million dollars at the worldwide box office and claimed that its presentation was “contradictory, confusing, false in a material way and wholly inadequate to account for the assets.”

Furthermore, since Oher claimed to have felt “disgust and shame” upon learning earlier this year that he had never been adopted by the Tuohys, the family continued to recognize him as their son despite the “vindictive and baseless legal crusade and of reputation against them.” “


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