The Blind Facet instructed the real-life story of Michael Oher — however he allegedly by no means signed a contract giving producers the rights.
In new courtroom paperwork obtained by Us Weekly on Wednesday, August 23, Oher, 37, is asking that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy present an in depth listing of accounting comparable to the earnings they’ve made on his behalf — together with the 2006 movie.
Oher claims in his new submitting that Sean and Leigh Anne, each 63, “negotiated a contract” on his behalf relating to the Twentieth Century Fox movie. “The co-conservators by no means introduced [Oher] with any written documentation to indicate any earnings they derived from the film,” the paperwork learn. “[He] has been stored at the hours of darkness, pressured to depend on the verbal assurances from his co-conservators.”
The Blind Facet movie — of which Sandra Bullock gained an Academy Award for her position as Leigh Anne — was tailored from journalist Michael Lewis’ biography, The Blind Facet: Evolution of a Recreation. Lewis beforehand revealed that Oher “favored the ebook” however didn’t really feel the identical in regards to the film.
“When the film got here out he was simply beginning his rookie 12 months, and I believe he was hazed [about it] always within the trenches,” Lewis instructed Bloomberg in 2010. “So he refused to go see it, he didn’t go to any of the premieres, he didn’t come to the Oscars — he didn’t establish himself with it.”
Oher filed a lawsuit earlier this month, alleging that the Tuohys by no means legally adopted him — as they publicly mentioned they’d — and as an alternative pressured him right into a conservatorship in 2004. The previous Baltimore Ravens athlete is now looking for to terminate the guardianship and earn a share of the Tuohy household’s movie royalties.
Sean and Leigh Anne, for his or her half, have denied Oher’s claims that they “tricked” him into the conservatorship.
“They’ve constantly handled [Michael] like a son and considered one of their three kids,” their legal professional Marty Singer instructed The Hollywood Reporter in an announcement earlier this month. “His response was to threaten them, together with saying that he would plant a destructive story about them within the press until they paid him $15 million.”
Oher, who has denied their extortion allegations, is now claiming that Sean and Leigh Anne have didn’t uphold their “statutory and fiduciary duties” to him for practically 20 years. Per the submitting, the couple have been obligated as conservators to file annual paperwork with Oher’s earnings, however allegedly have didn’t “well timed file a single accounting for the final 19 years.”
Oher and his attorneys additional clarify that by Sean and Leigh Anne failing to reveal the quantities, they “excluded” him from being conscious of “any contracts negotiated on his behalf” or the quantity of earnings that he’s earned.
“The one property [Oher] possessed when this Conservatorship Order was entered have been his nice skill as a soccer participant, which had already been broadly publicized all through the USA, and the plain monumental potential that such fame had created to permit him to revenue from his identify, picture and life story,” the docs learn. “As an alternative of defending that asset and guaranteeing that the Ward acquired the total advantages therefrom, [Sean and Leigh Anne] took this asset and have used it to complement themselves at [his] expense.”
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Oher’s new submitting additional claims that Sean and Leigh Anne used his “identify, likeliness and picture to learn their very own pursuits” with out his approval. The Tuohys have but to reply to his most up-to-date submitting.