tila tequila files lawsuit against shawne merriman

The latest news in the saga between Tila Tequila and San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman... Tequila (it pains me to write that) has filed a lawsuit against Merriman alleging domestic violence: Tequila files suit vs. Merriman.

Merriman was arrested by sheriff's deputies in September after Tequila, aka Tila Nguyen, signed a citizen's arrest warrant accusing him of battery and false imprisonment at his suburban home. Merriman was never charged.

Tequila, who is seeking $1.5 million in damages, is alleging assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress:
Tequila, whose real name is Tila Ngyuen, alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

She said that when she tried to leave his house, Merriman grabbed her by her arms. When she tried to break free, Merriman shook her like a rag doll, the suit said.

Merriman threw her onto a couch, hurting her neck, jaw and back, then choked her until she almost passed out, the suit alleges.

Tequila said in the lawsuit that Merriman had a short temper, used drugs and humiliated her because of her bisexuality.

The lawsuit includes two exhibits of photos, including photos purporting to show bruises on Tequila's arms and neck.
Merriman said he was trying to keep Tequila from leaving his home because she appeared to be intoxicated, and denied harming her.

After three days of reviewing sheriff's reports, the district attorney determined there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any crime was committed. Thus, I guess Ms. Nguyen is now trying to get Merriman where it hurts -- his bank account.

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