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Michael Oher of ‘The Blind Side’ says he wasn’t adopted, but put in a conservatorship

(Qnnflash) – Michael Oher, famously depicted in the hit 2009 film “The Blind Side,” has come forward with allegations that a central element of his life story—a wealthy family’s adoption of him—is inaccurate. Instead, Oher contends that the Tuohy family established a conservatorship, exploiting his name, image, and likeness for their gain.

On Monday, the 37-year-old filed a petition in the Shelby County, Tennessee, probate court, seeking the dissolution of the conservatorship. The conservatorship was a legal arrangement allowing the Tuohys to oversee his financial and personal matters.

Oher has also requested an accounting of his assets, owed payments plus interest, attorney fees, punitive damages, and sanctions for violating the conservatorship terms. He encountered the Tuohy family during high school and later spent eight years as an NFL offensive tackle.

During his senior year at Briarcrest Christian School in the Memphis area, Oher attracted attention for his athletic prowess, participating in prestigious football and basketball games. Despite being a ward of the state, he occasionally stayed at his classmates’ homes. In the summer of his junior year, Oher started living intermittently with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and their children. Eventually, he moved in with them, having been encouraged to consider them as his “mom” and “dad.”

Oher claimed that the Tuohys promised to adopt him and that the conservatorship document presented to him was virtually an adoption agreement. However, he recently learned that he had no legal familial relationship with the Tuohys.

The Tuohys negotiated a movie adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, “The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game,” which recounted Oher’s life. The film adaptation, “The Blind Side,” was a box office success, grossing over $300 million worldwide. Oher alleges that while the Tuohys reaped substantial earnings, he received nothing.

The petition also asserts that Oher’s name was signed on a 2007 document granting 20th Century Fox exclusive rights to use his name, likeness, and personal experiences for the book and film-related purposes. Oher contends that he never signed the document and, if it was forged, the Tuohys should relinquish the profits and pay punitive damages.

He additionally accuses the Tuohys of violating contract terms by not providing annual accounts of his assets and calls for sanctions.

While a 2004 filing suggested Oher wanted the Tuohys to serve as his legal guardians until at least age 25, his recent petition argues that the conservatorship is unnecessary, as he is capable of managing his own affairs.

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