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Tila & Shawne Merriman -- Before the Fight

9/6/2009 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained photos of Tila Tequila and Shawne Merriman taken just hours before an alleged fight between the two led to his arrest.

Tila Tequila -- launch photos

The photos were taken at Stingaree nightclub in San Diego at around 1:00 AM. They were taken in a roped off area and Tila was seen giving Shawne lap dances all night long.

A spokeswoman for the club said they were there for a friend's birthday and that "they seemed in good spirits throughout the evening and were enjoying themselves. There was no outward indication of any problem between the two of them."

Tila called the cops on Shawne at around 3:45 AM Sunday after he allegedly choked her when she tried to leave his apartment.

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91.

who dat    

Here is what happened. They went home and he came on her face when she asked him not to. She got irate and he tossed her out. Then she filed the domestic D charge.

1685 days ago
92.

K. Rowe    

Lets get all the facts in, for what I know and I live in the San Diego area. This footballer player lives in Poway which is very far from the city and the crazy roads that take you into that part of town should not be driven by anyone who has been drinking especially if they are not from that part of the woods. Its just dangerous! I am taking his side on this from what I know about Tila. Tila who I have known through the years of Myspace, I was in contact with her on there years before she became "known" we were some of the first people to take advantage of that networking site..as models. And no I am not some jealous ho, but "Tila Tequila" Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, is known famewhore who will try anything to get her 15 mins. back. She is playing the whole Chris Brown /Rihanna abuse which did really happen, to her benefit so that she can get news coverage which we are all falling in. I hope the truth comes out and the world can see that she is just a lying whore who gives Asian people a bad name!

1685 days ago
93.

K. Rowe    

Lets get all the facts in, for what I know and I live in the San Diego area. This footballer player lives in Poway which is very far from the city and the crazy roads that take you into that part of town should not be driven by anyone who has been drinking especially if they are not from that part of the woods. Its just dangerous! I am taking his side on this from what I know about Tila. Tila who I have known through the years of Myspace, I was in contact with her on there years before she became "known" we were some of the first people to take advantage of that networking site..as models. And no I am not some jealous ho, but "Tila Tequila" Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, is known famewhore who will try anything to get her 15 mins. back. She is playing the whole Chris Brown /Rihanna abuse which did really happen, to her benefit so that she can get news coverage which we are all falling in. I hope the truth comes out and the world can see that she is just a lying whore who gives Asian people a bad name!

1685 days ago
94.

yer mom's soo effin hot!!    

why does he have a major boner on camera??! another male gender enhancing fad rollin in it seems. cuz they haven't quite reached their level of self liberation and sexual freedom quite yet. unlike women of course

1685 days ago
95.

janicebyrne01    

Who are these plastic women? Never heard of them.

1684 days ago
96.

I Remove Heads From Asses    

San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Steadman says Merriman was arrested early Sunday when the 27-year-old Tequila signed a citizen's arrest warrant charging him with battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Jan Caldwell said at a news conference Sunday that deputies determined Tequila had been drinking.

"She was able to talk," Caldwell said. "She was able to walk. She was mobile. She did not have any serious injuries that our deputies saw."

Asked if Merriman was trying to keep Tequila from driving drunk, Macaluso said: "We don't want to comment on her conduct. The bottom line is, he did everything in his power to ensure her safety. He hopes she comes forth and tells the truth."

considering the fact that medical examiners who got there said she had no injuries after inspecting her should be enough to drop these charges...remember when children came out and said they were molested by priests when they werent during the whole church scandal.

I am a father of 2 girls and would hate to see any harm come to them so i feel for Tila if this story is true but if not then it certainly is a sick way to get attention when many women are in battery shelters who have actually been through a horrendous experience like this and to lie about being a victim when your not is the worst thing anyone can do. She would have destroyed a mans reputation and done injustice to real victims

1684 days ago
97.

Jayne    


Tila Tequila

Seriously Shawne, what were you thinking.

I thought you had some class.

So these are my thoughts.

Pictures leading up to the event from my perspective indicate that
she's into giving lap dances.

From all accounts there was no no outward indication of any problem between the two of them. ..or inappropriate behaviour at the club , except for " Tila Tequila " She appears to be in" heat!
.
I find the next series of events intersting.

The NFL star is charged with chocking Tila when she tried to leave his apartment.

No, seriously ....

The NFL star is charged with chocking Tila when she tried to leave his apartment.

However, while this was all going down ...

Tila was able to make a 911 call.
Tila was taken to the hospital and released with no injuries.

Shawne , your guilty of poor judgement.

My advise is to call charlie Sheen and get hooked up with a professional call girl.

If this was a real personal date choice then suggest you seek
counselling.

Tila Tequila , you have successfully created the image of a good time party girl! You really need to seek some professional help.


1684 days ago
98.

SoCal Razzles    

I knew there was more to this, Shawne is not a woman-beating-monster like everyone is painting him out to be. TILA IS A LYING BITCH! If she wasn't drunk (as some reports are saying) she was definently on some drugs. Shawne was trying to stop her from leaving and HURTING HERSELF OR OTHERS.



SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Chargers star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman says he didn't harm a reality TV star who has accused him of choking and restraining her.

Merriman says in a statement late Sunday that he was worried for the safety of Tila Tequila because she appeared to be intoxicated and he didn't want her to drive.

He also says paramedics who were called to his home in Poway, north of San Diego, reported no injuries to Tequila, best known for ``A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,'' which ran for two seasons on MTV.

San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Steadman says Merriman was arrested early Sunday when the 27-year-old Tequila signed a citizen's arrest warrant charging him with battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies.

Merriman says the allegations are false.

1684 days ago
99.

booyah    

You know the guy who arrested Merriman? So you know that Tila is a guy, cuz she's the one who arrested him. The SDSO deputy merely accepted a citizen's arrest and transported him to jail.

CA has some of the toughtest domestic violence laws around. If there were any hint of injury then he would've been arrested by the deputy and no need for the citizen's arrest. She was prolly pissed because the 'roids shrank his weewee and it was false advertising on his part.

Allergic to alcohol?! C'mon, wasn't she a alcoholic drinking fool on that stupid show she had in which she slept with all the guys and girls?

1683 days ago
100.

Miyuki    

I call major BS on this one. If he had strangled her she would be dead, or certainly have some marks on her. It's a common theme, stupid drunk girl gets dramatic and accuses somebody of assault. LAME.

1683 days ago
101.

ElizabettaC    

I believe that she was so drunk she needed to be restrained from leaving and driving home drunk. I saw someone else - also a very small woman - who got so crazy after a certain amount of drinking that she would physically attack people and try to break anything in her way. This woman had to be restrained once and she was so inebriated that she fought like a tiger. It took four guys to hold her down and her arms looked just like this the next day. When someone gets totally wasted and is trying to do something dangerous, not only do her companions have the RIGHT to restrain her, they also have the responsibility to restrain her for her own personal protection and for the protection of others. If the drunk person doesn't like it, maybe they should consider going to alcoholics annonymous and kicking the alcohol habit.

1678 days ago
102.

ElizabettaC    

Drunk woman needed to be restrained from drunk driving. Where's the big story. If he'd choked her, she would have bruises on her neck - not her arms.

1678 days ago
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