New court filings show that former NFL lineman Michael Oher was paid for the use of his likeness and life story, despite his prior claims
Michael Oher’s battle with his former family has taken yet another twist. The former NFL lineman seeks financial damages from the Tuohys for the portrayal of his life in the classic film The Blind Side. Oher had claimed that he never received any payment for the use of his story and likeness, but a recent turn of events has apparently proven him wrong.
Documents the Touhys provided to the Shelby County (Tennessee) Court show that Oher – was the family had custody of during his high school years – was in fact paid at least $138,000 for the motion picture, which was released in 2009.
In the fictionalized account of Michael Oher’s life with the Tuohys, the movie discusses the family taking him in as an orphan, caring for him, and providing him the knowledge he needs to become successful on the gridiron and in life. Widely hailed as a family favorite and cult classic, its inspirational story was heartwarming upon its release.
Unfortunately, in the years since the film’s release, Oher has made several claims about the heavy use of the creative license in the retelling of his tale. And recently, he filed this recent lawsuit – claiming that he never received any pay for the movie’s release or residuals.
According to the filing made by the Touhys this week, Oher was paid his agreed-upon amount, to be in five — a payment for the four Tuohy family members and Oher.
The amount arrived in 10 installments from June 2007 to April 2023, thus fulfilling the family’s legal and financial obligation, according to their legal team.
The release of the film coincided with Michael Oher leaving college at Ole Miss and being drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He would go on to play eight seasons in The League, with the Ravens, Panthers, and Titans.
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