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Accused of Choking

Tila Tequila

9/6/2009 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers was taken into custody by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department after an alleged altercation with Tila Tequila.

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San Diego Sheriff's deputies responded to a call this morning at 3:45 AM. Tila claims she was "choked and physically restrained" by Merriman after she tried to leave his residence. 

Merriman is accused of battery and false imprisonment.

Tila was transported to a local hospital while Merriman was taken into custody. His bail was set at $58,000.

Tila TequilaUPDATE -- Tila Tequila has been released from the hospital.

UPDATE -- A lawyer for Merriman denied all charges and says Tila was "extremely inebriated" and that Merriman tried to stop her from leaving the home because he didn't feel it was safe for her to do so.

UPDATE -- A.J. Smith, the general manager of the San Diego Chargers, released this statement: "It's disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shawne Merriman. We'll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course."

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1.

dragonlvr    

hahahahahahahahaha me first.

1851 days ago
2.

rhbjorn    

What Tila is like this tall.

1851 days ago
3.

Lindsay    

BEAT THAT FUGLY SLUTTY B*ITCH!

1851 days ago
4.

Bigbig    

Roid rage, he is still taking them. Good to see we got more athlete controversey, it had been about 2 days....I was getting worried.

1851 days ago
5.

zombie_hands    

I thought she liked girls?

1851 days ago
6.

kitty    

is that why we havent seen a million celebrity twitter messages from her today?

1851 days ago
7.

Shawn McQUaid    

LOL maybe she might stop being such a hoe, flaunting her ass all over the damn place, she prolly tried to bite his tongue off too.

1851 days ago
8.

Insane    

REALLY WHO CARES???

1851 days ago
9.

Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Another A-hole who beats up on women. Don't these celebrities know that it's socially repudnant? (Jenkins was a special case -- he was a madman.)

1851 days ago
10.

Bonnie    

Wait.

Surely TMZ knows San Diego is known for their ability to hire thugs who pose as football players. And as for the police? Please. They're probably asking for his autograph and dropping by his cell to shoot the breeze. San Diego is Misogyny Cental. It was a deputy jail guard Lowell Bruce who shot his wife in the face at point blank range...and the DA went to bat for him.

So if you value your life - stay out of San Diego.

1851 days ago
11.

Wombat    

Let's see...Though barely bigger than a child, at 3am or so I'll go alone to the house of an uneducated, overpaid, emotionally immature, testosterone chugging giants house ...and then complain when he doesn't act like a gentleman?

Throw them both over a cliff. It's time to cull the herd before this trash infects the gene pool any more.

Time to stop showing pity or concern for morons.

1851 days ago
12.

Speck    

LIGHTS OUT BIATCH!!!!!!!!

1851 days ago
13.

kathi    

Yeah That's right it was all her fault that he choked her......she was so askin for it...Right??......a-holes!!......I am thrilled these women are finally coming fwd and reporting this behavior..got to show these celebs.athletes.rappers.............whoeva .that physical violence is unexceptable ..This beatin on women should no loner be swept under the rug........This also goes for women too...No physical violence ...

1851 days ago
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Charles    

While I don't know exactly how it went down, I do know that Tila Tequila is a grade A narcissistic beeyotch. I'm 90% sure she deserved what happened. Kudos to Merriman for having the balls to set her straight. Maybe she will act a little less annoying going forward.

1851 days ago
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dom    

yeah, i'm sure she jumped on twitter from the ambulance and only protected it so we would not know. She's trash.

1851 days ago
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