Former San Diego Chargers star Shawne Merriman is in some deep legal trouble as he is being sued by the parents of a deceased Playboy employee, who claim he drugged and possibly assaulted their daughter before she overdosed while partying with him.
Playboy employee Kimberly Fattorini passed away of an overdose of alcohol, cocaine and the club drug, GHB, back in 2017.
The Blast has details:
Former NFL player Shawne Merriman is being implicated in the death of a woman by her parents.
30-year-old Kimberly Fattorini died July 21, 2017 at a private residence in Hollywood after being discovered unresponsive by friends.
Fattorini worked for Playboy as a casting associate, and her death was offiically ruled accidental after the L.A. County Medical Examiner determined she died from an overdose of alcohol, cocaine and the club drug, GHB.
Fattorini’s parents, Deann and Ferdinand, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Merriman, a nightclub and others, alleging the girl was drugged and possibly assaulted before her death.
The lawsuit also alleges that the promoter texted Shawne at some point the next day, saying, “”Got 3 whores over,” with the idea being that Shawne could take a couple off his hands, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
“Kimberly’s parents go on to claim that Shawne did in fact show up, and was allegedly witnessed carrying a bottle with some sort of liquid inside. After that, the parents allege that Kimberly texted the promoter from inside the house saying, “you friend just poor’d half G in my drink,” and the parents believe G refers to GHB, which is a powerful depressant.
The lawsuit alleges Kimberly sent a number of texts afterward that made no sense, with the implication being that she was incredibly intoxicated. The suit claims that Kimberly, Shawne and a friend of hers then went to her friend’s place after … and then around 3 PM, a 911 call was placed by Kimberly’s friend who found her unresponsive.
Kimberly’s parents claim that first responders found her “half-naked with her jeans unzipped and unbottoned.” They also allege Shawne was in the room when 911 was called, and that he made clear to the present parties that he didn’t want it known he was there.
The suit alleges that a preliminary report from the autopsy didn’t indicate any foul play, but they also note that a test for sexual assault wasn’t done because officials said it wasn’t conducted at the time of the initial autopsy, and couldn’t be done properly afterward.
Now for an alleged text Kimberly’s parents claim they dug up between a friend of Kimberly’s and the promoter who initially invited Shawne … it allegedly read, “Shawn killed her ass, what a f***ing idiot.” Another alleged text from the promoter reads, “That dumbass been drugging girls for years.”
A rep for Merriman sent the following statement to TMZ: “As of right now Shawne, nor his attorney, have any knowledge of him being named in any lawsuit. This alleged lawsuit is baseless. Shawne attended an after party more than two years ago where a young woman unfortunately overdosed.”
His rep goes on, “The police thoroughly investigated and found no wrong doing whatsoever by Shawne. The fact that they are raising this now, two years after the fact, demonstrates the baseless nature of these allegations.”