Terminates Michael Oher’s Conservatorship: A judge has granted Michael Oher’s petition to end his conservatorship with Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, the family who took him in as a teen.
“Michael trusted the Tuohys and signed where they told him to sign,” the legal filing, claimed. “What he signed, however, and unknown to Michael until after February 2023, were not adoption papers, or the equivalent of adoption papers.”
Oher, whose story inspired the film The Blind Side, signed an agreement in 2004 granting the Tuohys control of his finances while living with them. He claimed he was misled into thinking it was like adoption.
The judge said she was disturbed Oher was put under conservatorship when not disabled. She has now terminated it. Oher alleged the Tuohys, including their children, profited from his life story in the Oscar-nominated Blind Side film but he did not. The Tuohys denied this.
They also claimed there was never intent to adopt Oher, just provide guidance. But the judge has now severed the conservatorship Oher called exploitative.
The former Baltimore Ravens player claimed that all four members of the family were paid $225,000 for the film plus 2.5% of the film’s proceeds. He later learned that he was the only member of the family not receiving royalty checks from the film, his attorney J. Gerard Stranch IV told ESPN.
The Tuohys have denied that claim, along with Alcon Entertainment, which produced The Blind Side. they said Oher and the four members of the Tuohy family were collectively paid approximately $767,000 in payments delivered through their talent agency for The Blind Side.
Oher’s fight continues to obtain an account of funds the Tuohys received related to him. But terminating the conservatorship marks a major victory for Oher.
The judge’s ruling validates Oher’s claims that the arrangement with the Tuohys, though born of good intentions, ultimately took advantage of him. After years of financial control, Oher now has autonomy.
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