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Michael Oher, Former NFL Tackle Known For ‘The Blind Side,’ Sues To End Tuohys’ Conservatorship

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a petition submitted on Monday to a Tennessee probate court, Michael Oher, a former NFL tackle who served as the model for the film “The Blind Side,” accused Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy of deceiving him by getting him to sign documents nearly two decades ago designating them as his conservators rather than his adoptive parents.

Other requests are the end of the conservatorship and a complete accounting of the money made from using his name and tale in the petition submitted Monday to the Shelby County Probate Court. In addition, he demands interest to be added to the amount owed to him.

He claims that the Tuohys have been profiting themselves at his cost by continuing to “falsely and publicly” identify as his adoptive parents “to the date of the filing of this petition.”

“Oher discovered this lie to his chagrin and embarrassment in February of 2023, when he learned that the Conservatorship to which he consented on the basis that doing so would make him a member of the Tuohy family, in fact provided him with no familial relationship with the Tuohys,” according to the petition.

The petition also requests that the Tuohys be penalized and ordered to pay compensatory and punitive damages as determined by the court on behalf of Oher, who has never been a fan of the movie based on his life.

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Michael Oher, a former NFL tackle who served as the model for the film “The Blind Side,” accused Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy of deceiving him.

The Tuohys’ attorney, Steve Farese, told the Associated Press that they would respond to the accusations in court but would not provide any additional information. He was one of three lawyers who served on Monday on behalf of the Tuohys.

Leigh, An email received via Anne Tuohy’s website has not been responded to promptly. As Oher considered Tuohy’s alma mater Mississippi for college, her husband claimed to The Daily Memphian that the conservatorship was completed to appease the NCAA.

Sean Tuohy stated that if Oher wants to dissolve the conservatorship, he and his wife will do so.

“We’re devastated,” Tuohy declared. “It makes me sad to think we would sell any of our kids for money. However, we will continue to adore Michael as much at 37 as we did at 16.

Leigh Anne Tuohy was played by Sandra Bullock, who won the Academy Award for best actress in a motion picture.

Oher claims that the Tuohys never filed a custody claim with the Tennessee Department of Human Services before he became 18. Oher turned 18 in May 2004; the conservatorship application was submitted a few months later.

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Michael Oher, a former NFL tackle who served as the model for the film “The Blind Side,” accused Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy of deceiving him.

Just before his senior year of high school, he moved in with the Tuohys, and he claims he was instructed to address them as “Mom” and “Dad.” Other claims in the petition that “Aunt Debbie” Branan, the lawyer who filed the conservatorship paperwork, pushed him to do so.

Oher further claims that the Tuohys made him sign documents immediately after moving in as part of the adoption process. Oher claims that because he was already 18, he was “falsely advised” that it would be called a conservatorship while the intention was adoption.

The petition states that because the Tuohys never made it clear to Michael that they would have the final say over his contracts, “Michael did not understand that, if the Conservatorship was granted, he was signing away his right to contract for himself.”

In September 2006, a book based on Oher’s life was published. Sean Tuohy’s childhood friend, Michael Lewis, was identified in the petition as the author. The petition claims that Oher’s conservators have started contract talks for the movie rights.

According to the petition, an agreement was reached to pay the Tuohy family, along with their children Collins and Sean Jr., $225,000 plus 2.5% of any future defined net proceeds, subject to Oher’s approval. According to the petition, a contract with the title “Life Story Rights Agreement” and the date April 20, 2007, was “purportedly signed by Michael Oher”.

Oher feels the signature is similar to his own, but the petition claims that “nobody ever presented this contract to him with any explanation that he was signing such a document” and that Oher “at no time ever willingly or knowingly signed this document.”

Michael Oher, a former NFL tackle who served as the model for the film “The Blind Side,” accused Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy of deceiving him.

Given that his life narrative generated millions of dollars and he received nothing for the rights to something that would not have been without him, Oher requests in the petition a comprehensive accounting of his assets and how they were used.

Oher, who was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 23rd overall choice in the 2009 draughts out of Mississippi, played for them for his first five seasons. He participated in eight NFL seasons, with the 2014 campaign featuring 11 starts for the Tennessee Titans. Oher spent the final two years of his career in Carolina.

He made 110 starts for games and helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl. After starting all 16 games at right tackle in his first season, he came in second in the voting for The Associated Press NFL Offensive First of the Year behind Minnesota’s Percy Harvin.

Oher last played in 2016, and he turned 37 in May. Carolina released him in 2017.

Supporters celebrated when Britney Spears was released from her conservatorship almost two years ago. The judgment was made after Spears publicly asked that the arrangement stop because it had hindered her from 2008 making her own personal, financial, and medical decisions.

Due to Spears’ high-profile conflict, advocates across the US have raised concerns about whether such stringent regulations do more harm than good.

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OJ Simpson, Fallen Football Hero Acquitted Of Murder In ‘Trial Of The Century,’ Dies At 76

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LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson, the renowned football player and Hollywood actor who was acquitted of murdering his former wife and a friend but found guilty in a separate civil trial, has died. He was 76.

Simpson died of prostate cancer on Wednesday, according to his family, who announced it on his official X account. Simpson’s attorney told TMZ on Thursday that he died in Las Vegas.

Simpson rose to fame, money, and admiration in football and show business, but his legacy was irrevocably altered by the June 1994 knife murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.

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OJ Simpson, Fallen Football Hero Acquitted Of Murder In ‘Trial Of The Century,’ Dies At 76

Live T.V. coverage of his arrest during a historic slow-speed chase signaled a precipitous fall from grace.

He appeared to transcend racial barriers as a star Trojan tailback for the powerful University of Southern California in the late 1960s, a rental car ad pitchman rushing through airports in the late 1970s, and the husband of a blond and blue-eyed high school homecoming queen in the 1980s.

“I’m not Black, I’m O.J.,” he would tell friends.

His “trial of the century” captivated the audience on live television. His case raised discussions about racism, gender, domestic violence, celebrity justice, and police wrongdoing.

A criminal court jury found him not guilty of murder in 1995, but a separate civil trial jury found him accountable for the murders in 1997 and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to Brown and Goldman’s families.

Ten years later, Simpson led five men he hardly knew into a fight with two sports memorabilia dealers in a cramped hotel room in Las Vegas, still troubled by the California wrongful death verdict. Simpson was accompanied by two men armed with firearms. A jury found Simpson guilty of armed robbery and other offenses.

He was imprisoned at the age of 61 and spent nine years in a remote northern Nevada prison, including time as a gym janitor. He was not remorseful when he was freed on parole in October 2017. The parole board heard him argue once more that he was merely seeking to recover sports memorabilia and family heirlooms stolen from him following his criminal trial in Los Angeles.

“I’ve basically spent a conflict-free life, you know,” said Simpson, whose parole expires in late 2021.

The public’s interest in Simpson remained strong. Many people questioned whether he was punished in Las Vegas after his acquittal in Los Angeles. In 2016, he was the focus of a five-part ESPN documentary and an F.X. mini-series.

“I don’t think most of America believes I did it,” Simpson told The New York Times in 1995, a week after a jury ruled he did not murder Brown and Goldman. “I’ve gotten thousands of letters and telegrams from people supporting me.”

Twelve years later, in response to widespread public outcry, Rupert Murdoch shelved a proposed book by News Corp.-owned HarperCollins in which Simpson presented his hypothetical account of the murders. It was supposed to be titled “If I Did It.”

Goldman’s family, which is currently pursuing the multimillion-dollar wrongful death claim, obtained custody of the text. They retitled the book “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.”

“It’s all blood money, and unfortunately, I had to join the jackals,” Simpson told the Associated Press at the time. He received $880,000 in advance payments for the book via a third party.

“It helped me get out of debt and secure my homestead,” he told me.

Less than two months after losing the book rights, Simpson was jailed in Las Vegas.

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OJ Simpson, Fallen Football Hero Acquitted Of Murder In ‘Trial Of The Century,’ Dies At 76

David Cook, an attorney who has been pursuing the civil judgment in the Goldman case since 2008, said he spoke with Ron’s father, Fred, on Thursday about Simpson’s death. Cook refuses to reveal what Fred Goldman had said or where he was.

“He died without penance,” Cook said of Simpson. “We have yet to learn what he has, where it is, or who is in control. We shall continue from where we are.

Simpson spent nine of his 11 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, earning the nickname “The Juice” as part of an offensive line known as “The Electric Company.” He won four NFL rushing titles, amassed 11,236 yards, scored 76 touchdowns, and appeared in five Pro Bowls. His best season was 1973, when he rushed for 2,003 yards, becoming the first running back to reach that milestone.

“I was a part of the history of the game,” he said years later. “If I did nothing else in my life, I’d made my mark.”

Of course, Simpson went on to achieve more renown.

One of the items from his murder trial, the meticulously fitted tan suit he wore when acquitted, was later donated and displayed at the Newseum in Washington. Simpson was assured that the outfit would be at his hotel room in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t.

Orenthal James Simpson was born in San Francisco on July 9, 1947. He grew up in government-subsidized housing developments.

Following graduation from high school, he attended City College of San Francisco for a year and a half before moving to the University of Southern California for the spring 1967 semester.

He married his first wife, Marguerite Whitley, on June 24, 1967, and moved her to Los Angeles the next day to begin preparation for his first season with USC, which won the national championship that year largely due to Simpson’s contributions.

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OJ Simpson, Fallen Football Hero Acquitted Of Murder In ‘Trial Of The Century,’ Dies At 76

Simpson won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. He accepted the statue on the same day as the birth of his first child, Arnelle.

He had two kids with his first wife, Jason and Aaren. One of them, Aaren, drowned as a toddler in a swimming pool accident in 1979, the same year he and Whitley divorced.

Simpson and Brown got married in 1985. They had two kids, Justin and Sydney, and divorced in 1992. Nicole Brown Simpson was found killed two years after she disappeared.

“We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” he told the Associated Press 25 years after the double homicide. “The topic of the moment is one I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”

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‘Fallout’ Surfaces As A Series That Gets Lost In The Game-To-Screen Wastelands

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“Fallout” debuts in such an appealing way – at a kid’s birthday party, of all places – that the Amazon series seemed poised to join “The Last of Us” in perfecting the transition from game to screen. As the first season unfolds, this post-apocalyptic concept feels closer to “Twisted Metal” as it becomes lost in the wastelands, carrying a deep mythology that mirrors “Westworld” in its broader, more cynical vision of the world.

That latter parallel hardly seems coincidental, given that the new series is overseen by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who created “Westworld,” one of TV’s most captivating programs until, unexpectedly, it wasn’t. While “Fallout” should pique the interest of fans of the Tim Cain-created game, its broader appeal appears unlikely to rival the HBO above hits, despite an impressive visual palette and a mix of quirkiness and gruesome violence that is better balanced in Amazon’s signature series “The Boys.”

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‘Fallout’ Surfaces As A Series That Gets Lost In The Game-To-Screen Wastelands

Even trying to summarize the tale of “Fallout” gives an idea of how complex the structure is, at least until its parallel threads begin to converge. The initial focus is on vault dwellers who have remained underground for more than 200 years following nuclear catastrophe, attempting to “keep the candle of civilization lit,” as their leader puts it.

Soon, their reverie is disrupted, and one of their number, Lucy (“Yellowjackets'” Ella Purnell), sets out on a mission that leads her deep into the cruel world above.

There, the wide-eyed Lucy encounters irradiated monsters galore: metal-clad knights (think Iron Man, but clunkier), with Aaron Moten playing a squire for a militaristic group known as the Brotherhood of Steel; and a character known as the Ghoul (Walton Goggins), a mutated bounty hunter whose nose-less visage resembles Marvel’s Red Skull, with a backstory that provides the show’s strongest mythological hook.

“I hate it up here,” Lucy says early on, and considering the horrors she’s seen, who could blame her? Her journey, however, includes not just carnage but also insights about her society and its beginnings, as well as brief contacts (some brief) with a talented cast of co-stars such as Moisés Arias, Kyle MacLachlan, Sarita Choudhury, Michael Emerson, and Leslie Uggams.

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‘Fallout’ Surfaces As A Series That Gets Lost In The Game-To-Screen Wastelands

After overseeing “The Peripheral,” Nolan (Christopher Nolan’s brother and frequent collaborator) directs the first three of the eight episodes, establishing the darkly comic, sci-fi/western tone and a scale that suggests this is another major bet for Prime Video.

Charitably, the eight episodes merely scratch the surface of the premise’s rich story potential, which structurally may set up “Fallout” for the long run, similar to the recent (and more effective) “3 Body Problem.” The show has already earned tax incentives from the state of California, making a second season more appealing.

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‘Fallout’ Surfaces As A Series That Gets Lost In The Game-To-Screen Wastelands

Even still, as Season 1 comes to a close, there’s less excitement for what comes next and more relief that this somewhat clumsy debut, with its motley pool of players, is finally finished.

As previously said, there is plenty of room to further explore the world of “Fallout.” Still, based on the trajectory of game-to-screen translations, witnessing this candle go out would not feel like the end of the world.

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Italy Opens New Slander Trial Against Amanda Knox. She Was Exonerated 9 Years Ago In Friend’s Murder

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Florence, Italy – Amanda Knox was back on trial for defamation Wednesday after falsely accusing a Congolese man of murdering her roommate while the two were exchange students in Italy. Knox was convicted of the murder before being acquitted in a case that drew national attention.

Amanda, a 20-year-old student with limited Italian who had just arrived in Perugia, faced a long night of questioning in the death of Meredith Kercher. She eventually accused the owner of the pub where she worked part-time of killing the 21-year-old British student.

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Italy Opens New Slander Trial Against Amanda Knox. She Was Exonerated 9 Years Ago In Friend’s Murder

In 2016, the European Court of Human Rights found that her rights were infringed since she was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or an official translator.

In November, Italy’s highest Cassation Court overturned the defamation conviction — Knox’s lone remaining guilty decision — nine years after the same court overturned convictions for Kercher’s murder against Amanda and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

That conviction, which went through many trials and appeals, has remained a legal stain on her, particularly in Italy, while she seeks a new life in the United States, lobbying for judicial reform.

Another man was found guilty in Kercher’s 2007 murder.

Amanda, now 36, did not present at Wednesday’s court in Florence and is being tried in absentia. She stays in the United States, where she works for social justice and is working on several media projects, including a podcast and a limited series on her case for Hulu.

Amanda’s accusation against bar owner Patrick Lumumba surfaced in police-typed statements that she signed, but Italy’s highest court declared them inadmissible in the new trial.

She recanted the claim in a four-page handwritten note in English dated the following afternoon, which is the only evidence the court can consider.

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Italy Opens New Slander Trial Against Amanda Knox. She Was Exonerated 9 Years Ago In Friend’s Murder

However, Lumumba’s lawyer, Carlo Pacelli, contended that the banned documents should be readmitted as references because Knox mentioned them several times in her written statement. Lumumba, who is participating in the case in accordance with Italian law, did not attend the trial.

After nearly four hours of arguments, the court recessed and will reconvene on June 5 for rebuttals and a ruling. Eight lay jurors and two qualified judges are conducting the trial.

Despite Knox’s attempts to retract the claim, Lumumba was apprehended for questioning and detained for nearly two weeks.

Knox was sentenced to three years in prison for defamation, which she served for nearly four years until being judged not guilty by a Perugia appeals court. After six years of conflicting judgments, Italy’s highest court formally exonerated Knox of the murder in 2015.

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Italy Opens New Slander Trial Against Amanda Knox. She Was Exonerated 9 Years Ago In Friend’s Murder

Kercher’s body was discovered with her throat cut on November 2, 2007, in her locked bedroom in the apartment she shared with Knox and two other roommates.

Rudy Guede, whose DNA and footprints were discovered at the scene, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He was released after spending 13 years and is now being investigated for allegedly physically and sexually assaulting a previous girlfriend since his release.

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