Tuohy Family Lawyer Has Accused Michael Oher Of Trying To “Shakedown” Family Of $15 Million Before Petition

Michael Oher, the former NFL star whose story inspired the Oscar-winning film “The Blind Side”, allegedly asked his adoptive family for $15 million not to go public with claims that the entire story was a lie.

Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy said through their legal representative that there is no credence to Oher’s claim that he was fooled into conservatorship and rubbished claims the couple made millions off his life’s story.

The family lawyer told TMZ Sports Oher was instead the principal offender who has repeatedly threatened to “plant a negative story” about the Tuohys in the media if they didn’t give him a check for a large sum of money.

“Over the years, the Tuohys have given Mr. Oher an equal cut of every penny received from ‘The Blind Side,’” attorney Marty Singer said. 

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“Even recently, when Mr. Oher started to threaten them about what he would do unless they paid him an eight-figure windfall, and, as part of that shakedown effort refused to cash the small profit checks from the Tuohys, they still deposited Mr. Oher’s equal share into a trust account they set up for his son.”

Singer alleged Oher had been dropped as a client by other lawyers, but “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.”

A representative for Oher, a member of the 2013 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning team, did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment. 

Oher, 37, filed a lawsuit in Shelby County, Tenn., court Monday, alleging he only recently learned he wasn’t officially adopted by the Tuohys and that he was signed into a conservatorship which allowed them to retain legal power over him.

[NY Post]