Tuohy family statement calls Michael Oher's petition 'outlandish,' insists lawsuit is latest attempt at a 'shakedown'
Michael Oher filed a lawsuit against Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy this past week alleging that the family, which alongside him was portrayed in the 2009 movie The Blind Side, never actually adopted him as depicted.
Oher’s claim is that the Tuohy family made millions off his story, which according to the former Rebel is entirely based off a lie.
On Tuesday, Memphis Commercial Appeal writer Jason Munz obtained a copy of a statement released by the Tuohy family claiming Oher’s lawsuit is “outlandish” and a “shakedown” for money.
Moreover, Oher’s petition filed Monday claims he never made any money for his depiction in The Blind Side while the Tuohy family received millions of dollars. The Tuohy’s statement paints a different picture:
“The evidence – documented in profit participation checks and studio accounting statements – is clear: over the years, the Tuohys have given Mr. Oher an equal cut of every penny received from ‘The Blind Side,’ ” the Tuohy’s statement reads, via Commercial Appeal.
In addition, the Tuohy’s statement claims Oher has attempted this “shakedown” before, demanding money and threatening legal action unless he was paid.
“Unbeknownst to the public, Mr. Oher has actually attempted to run this play several times before – but it seems that numerous other lawyers stopped representing him once they saw the evidence and learned the truth,” the statement reads. “Sadly, Mr. Oher has finally found a willing enabler and filed this ludicrous lawsuit as a cynical attempt to drum up attention in the middle of his latest book tour.”