D.A. declines to file charges against Shawne Merriman in the Tila Tequila complaint

September 11, 2009

Why is anyone really surprised?  If you are, then that is blind loyalty, or you are Tila Nguyen…

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        D.A. says no charges against football player in incident with Tila Tequila

        September 11, 2009 |  3:59 pm

        No charges will be filed against San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman for an incident last weekend involving model-singer-reality-TV-star Tila Nguyen, Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis announced this afternoon.

        In a statement, Dumanis said, “Our office has determined there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any crime was committed. This case is now closed. No further comment will be made.”

        Nguyen, also known as Tila Tequila, had signed a citizen’s arrest form alleging that she was choked and restrained by Merriman at his home in Poway early Sunday. Merriman, 25, was arrested and booked by sheriff’s deputies.

        Nguyen, 27, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Sheriff’s deputies said that Nguyen appeared to have been drinking heavily and that no marks or bruises were apparent.

  • Damn girl, your lies are just apparent.  What about the comments that you made about Merriman abusing you know?  Keep your lawyer…you might need him for the defamation suit that Merriman should file against you.  The harms are already documented on your Tweeter account.  Just because you erased it, doesn’t mean that it is gone.
  • I bet you did that to yourself.  But, you are such a bad actor, you couldnt get the DA to bite...

    I bet you did that to yourself. But, you are such a bad actor, you couldn't get the DA to bite...

  • Merriman, in a statement, had said he was trying to restrain Nguyen from leaving his home while drunk. Deputies interviewed other people who were at the home. The group had been partying at a nightclub in downtown San Diego that is popular with athletes.

    Merriman is set to play in Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Nguyen has returned to her home in Los Angeles. Initially she put a message on her Twitter account indicating that she does not drink. Later she withdrew that tweet.

    So the emergency helpers said you were drunk, the owner of the club said you were drunk and Shawne said you were drunk.  You had the nerve to tweet that you do not drink? DO you think that we are that dumb?  Obviously you did.

    ESPN.com also calls it :lights out” on the charges…

    Case against Merriman is closed

    Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Friday dismissed reality TV star Tila Tequila’s accusations that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman choked her and threw her to the ground early Sunday while she was trying to leave his suburban home.

    Merriman was arrested after Tequila signed a citizen’s arrest warrant accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies.





    Dumanis decided not to charge Merriman after her office spent three days reviewing reports from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

    “After a thorough review of the investigation into the Sept. 6, 2009 incident at the Poway home of Shawne Merriman, our office has determined there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any crime was committed,” Dumanis said in a statement. “This case is now closed. No further comment will be made.”

    Dumanis’ statement was released moments after the Chargers concluded practice. Informed by reporters that he wouldn’t be charged, Merriman said he couldn’t comment until after he’d spoken with his lawyers.

    The Chargers are preparing for their season opener Monday night at Oakland. It will be Merriman’s first game back since having knee surgery after the 2008 season opener.

    Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, is best known for “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,” which ran for two seasons on MTV. The bisexual dating show featured men and women vying for Tequila’s affections. She has also modeled for Playboy and other men’s magazines.

    Merriman said he was trying to keep Tequila from leaving his home because she appeared to be intoxicated and denied harming her.

    Tequila’s attorney, Alan Gutman, called Merriman’s explanation “spin” and predicted it would be discredited, saying the 6-foot-4, 265-pound linebacker “brutally” assaulted his client.

    Gutman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

    What do you think that he would have to say?  I was lying to you out there in order to try and get my client a favorable outcome.  It didn’t work, but I knew it wasn’t. I bet that this case outcome will not go here…

    How did the discrediting go?

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