Court docket paperwork in Tennessee present that Michael Oher, the inspiration for “The Blind Facet,” was paid over $138,000 by the Tuohy household in proceeds from the 2009 movie.

Oher alleged in a petition in August that he found in February he was by no means legally adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and was tricked into coming into a conservatorship after his 18th birthday.

The previous NFL offensive lineman mentioned the household allegedly negotiated a deal that paid them every, together with the Tuohys’ two birthchildren, a big quantity plus a share in royalties for the movie, which grossed $330 million. The submitting additionally alleges that one other contract purportedly signed by Oher in 2007 signed away his rights to his story “with none cost by any means.”


Michael Oher on field with Tuohy family

Michael Oher of the Ole Miss Rebels stands together with his household throughout senior ceremonies previous to a sport in opposition to the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, on Nov. 28, 2008. (Matthew Sharpe/Getty Photos)

The household, nonetheless, mentioned in August they gave Oher “an equal reduce of each penny acquired” from the film, and earlier this week, they supplied proof that they did, in actual fact, pay the now-37-year-old.

The household filed data on Wednesday that confirmed they paid Oher a complete of $138,311.01 from 2007 to 2023.

There have been a complete of 10 funds from June 8, 2007, to April 17 of this yr — the newest cost was $8,480.10

The Wednesday submitting says the Tuohys “have by no means acquired any cash as conservators” of Oher and “by no means had any management of (his) funds…throughout your complete time period of the conservatorship.”

Michael Oher in 2010

Baltimore Ravens offensive sort out Michael Oher sits on the bench throughout the first half of the sport in opposition to the Buffalo Payments at M&T Financial institution Stadium in Baltimore on Oct. 24, 2010. (AP Photograph/Nick Wass, File)


“The truth is, the Tuohy’s spent tens of 1000’s of {dollars} of their very own cash to help Mr. Oher throughout his highschool and faculty years,” legal professional Randall J. Fishman wrote within the submitting.

Oher’s legal professional, Gerard Stranch, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

“When Michael Lewis, a buddy of Sean’s since childhood, was approached about turning his guide on Mr. Oher and the Tuohys right into a film about their household, his brokers negotiated a deal the place they acquired a small advance from the manufacturing firm and a tiny share of web earnings. They insisted that any cash acquired be divided equally. And so they have made good on that pledge,” Marty Singer, an legal professional representing the Tuohys, mentioned in August.

Singer additionally mentioned on the time that Oher threatened to “plant” a destructive story within the press in regards to the Tennessee household except they paid him $15 million.

Picture of the Tuohy family and Michael Oher sitting on a fireplace bench smiling for a photo split Tuohy Family/Michael portrayed in the movie "The Blind Side" posing for a family photo

The actor who portrayed Michael Oher in “The Blind Facet,” Quinton Aaron, says he was shocked to study in regards to the real-life battle between Oher and the Tuohy household. (Leigh Anne Tuohy Instagram | Ralph Nelson/Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Assortment)


Singer added that the household has been “upfront” about how and why the 2004 conservatorship was established and that they “won’t ever oppose it in any method” if Oher chooses to terminate it.

Oher was drafted within the first spherical of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, the place he would play 5 seasons and win one Tremendous Bowl. After a short stint with the Tennessee Titans, he signed with the Carolina Panthers, however was ultimately launched in 2017.

Fox Information’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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