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Tila Tequila Photos -- Armed with Evidence?

9/12/2009 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained these photos of Tila Tequila taken the day after her alleged run-in with Shawne Merriman -- and it's obvious by the bruises, Tila had a rough night.

Tila Tequila

Tila claims she was "choked and physically restrained" by Merriman after she tried to leave his residence. Merriman says he was trying to keep a drunk Tequila from getting on the road.

The San Diego D.A. announced yesterday it would not prosecute Merriman due to insufficient evidence.

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106.

LUC20000    

A couple things for the die-hard Merriman fans...

First, she had a car and driver--she wasn't going to drive anywhere. So, why did he need to stop her? Hell, if she was such a pain he could have escorted her to the car and said good riddance. That kinda throws a big stink on his story.

Second, those bruises are in keeping with the timeline in which she claims to have been attacked. It can take a couple days for the blood in the deeper tissue to make it to the surface, darken, change color and eventually go away.

Third, Merriman has also made conflicting statements, where she has remained consistent. In a criminal court the case must be proved "beyond a reasonable doubt." In civil court, it's simply preponderance of the evidence, or "51% more likely than not" that he did it. He could be screwed in civil court. Pay her off, make her sign a "STFU contract" and move on...

1874 days ago
107.

KP    

If these are in fact her real bruises, then they are older than just one night after. The clearly already show yellowing in certain areas, which is a sign for the bruising to recede.... Not fresh bruises at all.

1874 days ago
108.

Brianna from Australia    

I think she is a disgusting little skanky whore who should go and seek some professional mental health help, and then go away quietly and live her life as respectably as possible. However, no-one deserves to be hit or belted around regardless of how much of a slapper they are,and especially if they are way smaller than the hitter. On the other hand, men are only human and if a woman is going to bait a guy and hit and slap him around first then she should face the consequences, because a person can only take so much. Having said that, I do think that this little hoe is so unbalanced that she makes Britney Spears behaviour look like a picnic when she was going into freefall. Therefore, I tend to greatly disbelieve anything that this little slapper Tila says, and I wouldn't be surprised if she put those bruises there herself in some way. The DA do not take battery lightly and they saw her on the night so if they thought that there was some sort of misadventure then Shawn would be facing trial anytime soon. On a last note, I know that if someone has sensitive skin, then they can bruise really easily. So, if somebody (more so a big strong person) was to grab their arm, even in jest and especially if it was more than once, then they can be left with bruises.

1874 days ago
109.

Only marry foreign women    

Men are bad, women are good

1874 days ago
110.

Melanie    

Well its very obvious someone was restrained. But if he was choking her..wouldnt the same marks be on her neck. A man should never put his hands on a woman. But if the story is true and she was going to drive drunk and he was preventing it..I wonder how much force is necessary to try to negotiate witha drunk person set on driving. Maybe next time he should take the keys and call the police and keep his hands to himself.Its too bad that her past history of being a drunk on tv is going to hinder people standing behind and knowing the whole truth.

1874 days ago
111.

RandomTMZer    

I think anyone who thinks *EVERYBODY INVOLVED* WITH THIS INVESTIGATION including the Sheriff's who responded to the call, the medical people at the hospital who viewed her and the DA's office are ALL either lying, covering up, incompetent or don't care is completely baseless and without merit.

While Tia Tequila lives in her hollywood twitter world and can spin things however she wants .... putting out all kinds of propaganda in her attempt at smearing ANYONE who might not share her view on THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION, calling them all lyers, conspirators etc. is really beyond belief.

I happen to side with the law enforcement officers, medical people and DA's office .... and IMHO think T. Tequila may have possibly misused law enforcement and the legal system to perhaps carry out a personal vendetta against Shawne Merriman? ....

While I may be wrong, I equate this situation to yelling fire in a crowded theater when there really isn't one. I think Tila may have possibly borrowed a page out of the terrible Rihanna and Chris Brown situation, however, the difference between the two is quite large, Rihanna had the police photo's to prove it .... "IF" Shawne had an actual intent to harm or injure Ms. Tequila, I think she would have been severly injured based on the size difference and pure strength - just my opinion.

And what about this TMZ story from a few days ago:
Shawne Merriman's ex girlfriend Gloria Velez doesn't believe he choked Tila Tequila this weekend -- because Gloria says the San Diego Charger never laid a hand on her during their four years together.

Gloria tells us Shawne "Never ever put his hands on me. Ever." Adding it's "out of his character" to violently lash out on a woman.

I think Tila Tequila needs to either get laid or find a new hobby (or both!) rather than twittering her hate for everyone that could possibly not agree with her side of the story - as to what happened that particular evening.

Peace!

1874 days ago
112.

Chantil    

yea well ive gotten drunk a few times and tryed to fight my husband, and my arms always look like that from him fighting me off him. i dont believe her. hes so big if he would have but his hands round her neck he woulda popped her damn head off!

1874 days ago
113.

Shiloh    

But if he choked her, why were there no marks around her neck? I don't condone any violence towards women or men. People need to act like they have sense when they're in relationships. Geesh!

1874 days ago
114.

Rob    

The reason he restrained Tila from leaving was because she was naked after the 4 some altercation in his house. I wouldn't want a drunk and high naked troll running around my property either. The bruising is consistent with restraining her especially if she tried to break her way free. I think both are at fault for what happened. If the police, paramedic and doctors said she was visibly intoxicated and showed absolutely no signs of injury it would explain the citizens arrest. She's lied many times to get sympathy from people. All she wants is attention to promote the new season of stupid show. Only in America you can file a civil suit when the criminal case has been dropped or dismissed. Your legal system sucks.

1874 days ago
115.

Lizzie    

its a sad thing when anyone gets abused. i understand why everyone has pity for her, but why just her why do ppl make this one such a big deal when it happens to everyday women all the time. and everyone just sits around when that happens. maybe ppl should freak out over every case of domestic violence and then maybe there would be fewer cases dont you think?

1874 days ago
116.

streetdude    

GREAT MOVE TMZ, AFTER I LAUNCH THE PHOTO'S I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING BECAUSE YOU INSERTED YOUR TMZ FREAKIN' LOGO RIGHT OVER THE PICTURE,AND YOU CAN'T SEE THE INJURYS. WHAT IN THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM DUMBASS. YOU NEED TO HIRE PEOPLE WITH AT LEAST SOME EDITING EXPERIENCE..SHEESH

1874 days ago
117.

isthatallthereis    

I hope for her own good she has learned her lesson about this guy and stays clear of him.

1874 days ago
118.

wickedpsaa    

Thank god Shawn is ok to play sunday!
Hey Tia nice acting on your part. The paramedics found no injury's so clearly you staged these photos. Once a porn whore always a porn whore...rock on byotch.

1874 days ago
119.

Yaya    

It seems like the D.A. is defending him it's because they are Charger Fans..... What I say is screw the CHARGERS..... PATRIOTS ALL THE WAY!!!!! HA HA HA..........

1874 days ago
120.

heidi    

San Diego District Attorney BONNIE DUMANIS is too busy harassing sick people and closing 14 Medical Marijuana dispensaries this week to take care of alleged real crimes like a woman being beaten black and blue

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