Michael Oher — the subject of the hit 2009 movie The Blind Side — has come forward with allegations that the wealthy Tuohy family lied and took advantage of him. He claims they established a conservatorship in which they profited from his name, image, and likeness.
The 37-year-old former NFL offensive lineman filed a petition earlier this week for the established conservatorship to be dissolved. In court documents, Oher argued that the Tuohys convinced him to sign documents that agreed to the conservatorship in 2004.
All this news had fans wondering if Sandra Bullock, who played the mother in The Blind Side, should give her Oscar back.
As for how she feels, Sandra Bullock is “heartbroken” over Michael Oher’s accusations.
“She hates that such a wonderful story, a spectacular movie, and a spectacular time in her life now has been tainted,” a source told the Daily Mail. “Now people won’t watch it and if they do, they will have a completely different reaction to its original intention.”
The source added, “There was so much hard work put into the film that they all thought was the truth, and now that has been questioned, it just upsets Sandra to no end that a time in her life that was so special, is now shadowed with a completely different perspective.”
Oher’s petition filed Monday stated, “This Conservatorship is unnecessary as Michael Oher is capable of handling his own affairs.”
Sean Tuohy, the Tuohy family patriarch, told The Daily Memphian that none of Oher’s allegations are true.
“We didn’t make any money off the movie,” Tuohy said.
Tuohy further stated that Michael Lewis, the author of the book that The Blind Side film is based on, gave his family half of the share of profits from the book — saying that everybody in the Tuohy family got an equal share, including Michael, of about $14,000 each.
“We were never offered money; we never asked for money. My money is well-documented; you can look up how much I sold my company for,” Tuohy said.
The conservatorship, he spoke about, was a way to satisfy the NCAA when it appeared Oher might play football at the University of Mississippi.
“Michael was obviously living with us for a long time, and the NCAA didn’t like that,” Tuohy said. “They said the only way Michael could go to Ole Miss was if he was actually part of the family.
Tuohy said if Oher wants to end the conservatorship now, he would “of course” be willing to end it.
This back-and-forth is far from done. What he has done has taken the heartwarming feeling people had about The Blindside.
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