Michael Oher, whose story was made into The Blind Side, says the film is based on untruths. The former American football player believes that the family where he was taken care of has lied to him. Also, he was never paid for the film.
The Blind Side tells the story of a homeless black American boy who is adopted into a wealthy white family. Thus, he gets the chance to become a professional level American football player.
The 2009 film was described as a touching drama and Sandra Bullock won an Oscar in 2010 for her role as the mother of the family. But thirteen years later, Oher says things were very different in real life.
In court papers, Oher claims the Tuohy family never adopted him, but placed him under guardianship. According to Oher, the couple has made millions of dollars from his name in this way.
The trusteeship, in which a guardian decides on a person’s financial and personal affairs, started when Oher turned eighteen. According to the former sportsman, the family took over all contract negotiations around his sports career. For example, he could not make choices himself, even though he was of age.
He also says that he does not suffer from mental problems that would prevent him from doing so. That would be a reason to put someone under guardianship.
Oher says he was tricked into agreeing to receivership. According to him, the family made it seem like it was the only way they could adopt an adult. Oher says he only found out last February that this was not correct. That is why he has now gone to court.
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According to Oher, the family has enriched itself with, among other things, a book and film deal, from which he has not seen anything. And that while he was the main character. In 2006, the book The Blind Side, on which the film is based, was published. According to Oher, the family arranged for both the book and the film to receive all the money themselves.
For the film, the family would have received $ 225,000 (205,000 euros) and another 2.5 percent of the total revenue of the film. That equates to at least more than $300 million extra. Oher wouldn’t have seen a dollar of this again.
Oher wants the receivership ended. He also wants the family to no longer be able to earn money from his name and that he still get the money he says he is entitled to.
Sean Tuohy, father of the family, denies Oher’s allegations. He calls Oher’s charge sad in an interview with the Daily Memphis. He also says that he loves his son just as much now that he is 37 years old as he did at 16.
Tuohy says that he himself has not earned anything from the film, only from the book. According to him, those proceeds were divided fairly among the family, with everyone receiving about $ 14,000. Tuohy maintains that trusteeship was the only option at the time to legally make Tuohy part of his family.
Tuohy has already agreed to end the trusteeship if Oher wants it to.