Michael Oher is finally going to get what he wants.
The Tuohy family intends to enter a consent order to end their conservatorship for the former NFL offensive lineman, their lawyer told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
This past Monday, Oher filed a petition in a Tennessee court claiming that he was taken advantage of by the family in a scam to make money. Oher had been seeking to end the conservatorship, which has been in place since they brought him into their home when he was 18, while claiming the family made millions off his name through the movie “The Blind Side.”
“The lie of Michael’s adoption is one upon which Co-Conservators Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy have enriched themselves at the expense of their Ward, the undersigned Michael Oher. Michael 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 no familial relationship with the Tuohys,” the court filing read according to ESPN’s Michael A. Fletcher.
Oher reportedly accused the Tuohys of lying to him while having him sign papers to make them his conservators rather than his adoptive parents. He reportedly requested a full accounting of the assets tied to his name, claiming he received nothing from a movie based on his story that made more than $300 million at the box office.
Tuohys’ lawyers, however, claimed Oher already knew he wasn’t adopted, noting that he described the couple as his conservators three times in his 2011 book “I Beat The Odds: From Homeless, To The Blind Side,” and that he has been estranged from the family for more than a decade.
Steve Farese, one of the lawyers, added Oher has become “more and more vocal and more and more threatening” since the estrangement, saying it is “devastating for the family.”
Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy released a statement co-authored with their legal team calling Oher’s claims “outlandish” and “transparently ridiculous.” They also claimed that Oher had gone through “numerous other lawyers” that stopped representing him once they saw the evidence he provided.
They also allege Oher requested $15 million or he would plant a negative news story about him. The entire thing is being labeled as a “shakedown.”
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