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Tila's Lawyer -- Shawne's Story is a 'Spin' Move

9/9/2009 12:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tila Tequila's lawyer is firing back at Shawne Merriman -- claiming the NFL star's version of what happened the night he was arrested is nothing but pure "spin."

Merriman claimed that Tila was drunk and he was trying to keep her safe by keeping her off the road -- Tequila's lawyer, Alan Gutman, says Shawne's story will be "completely discredited."

Gutman just released the following statement to TMZ:

Shawne Merriman and his advisors have decided that the best defense is a good offense, attacking Tila Tequila in the press with a lot of calculated spin to cover up his illegal and indefensible actions.

Fortunately, we as a society will not tolerate a 6'4", 270 pound all-pro NFL linebacker physically assaulting a young lady who is 4'11" and 93 pounds. It is never justifiable to brutally assault, choke, strike and imprison a woman.

Once the truth is fully revealed, Mr. Merriman's fantastic story of how he was trying to keep Ms. Tequila safe will be completely discredited.

No one, especially a woman, should ever have to endure what Mr. Merriman did to Tila Tequila.


Merriman was arrested early Sunday morning in San Diego after Tila signed a citizen's arrest complaint accusing him of choking and restraining her when she tried to leave Shawne's home.

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DMSfbk    

Does Tila's lawyer want to explain how a man of Shawne Merriman's size strangles/abuses a tiny little girl without leaving any marks, bruises, or causing any injury?

1688 days ago
2.

Elsi    

Ok cool you corrected the pic TMZ cause I know the other pic was not Tila.

1688 days ago
3.

crystal    

Tila is a hobag....a slut a whore....nothing this douchhobag says is credible

1688 days ago
4.

StarLight    

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COME ON TMZ!!!! WE DONT CARE BOUT THESE PEOPLE...WE ONLY CARE ABOUT OUR MICHAEL JACKSON.

MICHAEL JACKSON WE ALL LOVE YOU BABY.
KING OF POP MICHAEL JACKSON
STARLIGTH

1688 days ago
5.

Anne    

Gotta love lawyers...

1688 days ago
6.

T    

Who the hell cares about this nobody he shouldn't have been with this trap in the first place I glad he I mean she called the cops.

Besides she's a nobody that is good for his azz he could have done better than hanging around trappy hoes with nothing to do but be a whore in hollywood trying to make a name for herself.

1688 days ago
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TTboy    

Tila, you stupid skank, Why wait?, reveal the truth now. Does it take this long to come up with a story. No marks or bruises you dumb hoe. Your 15 minutes have been up for some time now, go crawl back to the hole you came out of.

1688 days ago
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Barbie    

HMMMM!!! Why is there no talk of Tila being allergic to alcohol....Maybe because she was a drunk a$$ 93# 4ft 11, that was not in control of herself.

1688 days ago
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Anne    

Young "lady". lol.

1688 days ago
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JAA    

Tila is a slut, same as her lawyer...all they want is easy money

1688 days ago
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SMACK    

The law requires law enforcement to arrest if there is any evidence of abuse. If they required her to do a citizen's arrest, they had no evidence of an assault. If she was drunk, the hospital would have kept her regardless if she had injuries or not until she was capable of conducting herself safely.

She is a lying famewhore and I hope Merriman's lawyer goes after her for defamation and libel for her Twitter comments suggesting he was on steroids (before she deleted them - and assuming he isn't on steroids).

1688 days ago
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Fozzie_Bear-Male_Prostitute    

First of all TMZ, the pic of the previous chick you had up there was Gloria Velez--Merriman's ex-fling. Merriman cheated on her with that alien, Tila Tequila.

And might I add Gloria is WAY HOTTER. Google that b!tch and see for yourself.

1688 days ago
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deano    

What a Joke! Tila had us beleiving she was going to come out the some Big revelation of truth today! This is it??? Her lawyer makes it sounds she was "brutally" beat down. The cops and hospital found no injuries!! Interesting. The club owner also said she was drinking like a fish as well. I think she needs to go away and try to find another way to make some money!

1688 days ago
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GirLy    

To all you dumbasses hating on Tila, she has been in showbiz a long ass time even before she hit the mainstream circuit. It's just because she's hot and Asian you effing arrogant SOB's! She has always been known to the Asian community...she's not just some reality star. Know your facts, you dumfux.

1688 days ago
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TMZ941    

6'4", 270 pound all-pro NFL linebacker physically assaulting a young lady who is 4'11" and 93 pounds. And not a mark on that silky little body of hers. Something doesn't add up.

1688 days ago
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