Reality TV’s original bisexual vamp is suing her former boyfriend, San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, stemming from allegations that the athlete choked and beat Tila during an argument at his suburban San Diego home last summer.
Merriman was arrested early Sept. 6 after reality personality Tila Tequila (whose real name is Tila Nguyen) accused him of choking and throwing her while she was at his Poway home. Tequila signed a citizen’s arrest warrant accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment.
The Chargers star, 25, said he was trying to prevent Tila from leaving because she was too drunk to drive back to her home in Los Angeles. Tequila’s attorney called that explanation a “spin” — albeit one the D.A.’s Office found satisfactory. The San Diego District Attorney declined to prosecute the case, infuriating the pint-sized MySpace pinup.
In the complaint filed in San Diego County Tuesday, the former star of MTV’s A Shot At Love…..accuses the NFL star of assault and included photographs exhibiting bruises as evidence. Tila’s lawyer stresses the physical differences between the pairâ€”Merriman stands 6-foot-4 and weighs nearly 280 pounds, while Tila is just 4-foot-11. Tila Tequila is seeking $1.5 million in punitive damages.