‘Ludicrous’: Tuohy family responds to Michael Oher lawsuit

Published: Aug. 15, 2023 at 4:47 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2023 at 10:59 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Marty Singer, the attorney for Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy, has issued a statement, calling the petition Michael Oher filed against them “ludicrous.”

Michael Oher is seeking to end his conservatorship from Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher filed the petition in Shelby County on Monday.

Oher alleges the Tuohys failed “to meet their required duties to provide regular accountings or to act in the best interest of their ward, Michael J. Oher, and for applicable damages and other relief.”

Singer released this statement Tuesday:

The story of Oher and the Tuohys was made famous by the 2009 film The Blind Side, which portrays Oher’s journey growing up in Memphis, being raised by the Tuohys and starring as an offensive lineman for Ole Miss before making his way to the NFL.

Oher says the Tuohys have falsely claimed Oher as their adopted son in the years since to their benefit.

Oher claims he learned in February 2023 that the conservatorship did not qualify him as a member of the Tuohy family.

Oher says a document was signed in 2007 that signed away, with no payment, his unconditional and exclusive right to his name, likeness and more to Fox, which distributed The Blind Side. However, Oher claims he never willingly or knowingly signed this document.

Meanwhile, Oher was in the Mid-South promoting his new book.

“I hope that the Tuohys and the Ohers can make amends,” said Pam James-Harris, who was joined by hundreds of folks at Oher’s book signing in Oxford, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

The Touhys’ lawyers claim that this is a publicity stunt by Oher to boost his book sales.

“I got mixed emotions about it, but I would hope that Michael is not doing it as a publicity stunt,” said James-Harris.

In the statement from the Tuohys’ lawyers, it says the family has always been upfront about the conservatorship, and they would never oppose terminating it.

“I have never been in [Michael Oher’s] shoes, I have never been in the Touhys’ shoes. I guess if they felt like it was time to do something, then it was time to do something. The scripture does say you shouldn’t sue anybody, you should work it out,” said James-Harris.

She says the key for both the Tuohy’s and Oher is forgiveness.

“I still would encourage Michael to write and to forgive, and I would say to the Tuohys, ‘Love each other, be forgiving, and try to make amends,’” said James-Harris.

Michael Oher book signing in Oxford, Mississippi, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023
Michael Oher book signing in Oxford, Mississippi, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023(Action News 5)

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