Tila Tequila sues ex-boyfriend NFL star Shawne Merriman
Former Gambling mag cover star and reality TV personality Tila Tequila is to file a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, NFL star Shawne Merriman.
Tequila claims the San Diego Chargers linebacker grabbed her, shook her, knocked her down and choked her as they argued in September, according to TMZ.
The New York Daily News runs the story today, with the decidedly pun-tastic opening line: “Knocking back a little Tequila could cost an NFL player plenty.”
The suit, which Tequila has brought about after San Diego County District Attorney declined to press criminal charges, despite a series of photos depicting large, purple bruises on her arms that she alleges Merriman caused.
Reports indicate that other photos illustrate the size difference between the two – she's 4'11" and weighs under 100 lbs. - and Merriman is 6'4" and 280 lbs.
Tequila is seeking damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress and has accuses her ex of having a bad temper and drug problem.