The San Diego Chargers star was arrested on suspicion of battery and false imprisonment in September (09) after Tequila called the cops to the athlete's California home claiming she had been choked and was being prevented from leaving the property.
Merriman denied the allegations, insisting he only stopped Tequila from exiting the house because she was "inebriated" and he didn't want her to travel alone.
He was freed without charge but Tequila - real name Tila Nguyen - filed suit against the sports star last month (Nov09) accusing her ex of assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress.
The suit also included photo evidence of bruises Tequila claimed were inflicted by Merriman during the incident.
But Merriman is fighting back and filed his own lawsuit against Tequila in a U.S. District Court this week (begs07Dec09), claiming the TV star posted untruths on her website about his reported violent behaviour and alleged involvement in drugs and sex with minors, reports TMZ.com.
He is suing for intentional interference with contract and unfair competition after he lost out on a T-shirt venture shortly after his arrest scandal, as well as trademark infringement, amid claims Tequila used his Lights Out logo on her webpage.
Bisexual Tequila appears to have moved on from the relationship after recently announcing in a bizarre online video that she's engaged to marry her socialite girlfriend Casey Johnson.
The internet pin-up, real name Tila Nguyen, appeared with the Johnson & Johnson heiress on Wednesday morning (09Dec09) in a video posting on Ustream.com.
Clad in black and kissing Johnson, Tequila told fans: "We have an announcement... This is exclusive and going to be all over the news tomorrow, but because I love you guys so much, we are giving you the exclusive first - Tila army fans - tonight, my girlfriend has asked me to marry her!"
The 27-year-old then flashed a what she called a "17-carat diamond ring from my baby", and hit back at rumours the sparkler is a fake, adding, "my baby is a f***king baller. She's a billionaire! She's the heiress of Johnson and Johnson."
The A Shot at Love star, who says she is "very happy" also confessed the couple are in a hurry to be wife and wife, explaining, "We're what you call U-Haul lesbians, where you meet and fall in love and move in the next day and have kids."
Tequila made headlines in September (09) after alleging that her ex-boyfriend, American football star Shawne Merriman, choked and unlawfully restrained her at his home. San Diego County District Attorney later dismissed her claims due to insufficient evidence.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a decent ninja flick. When the Golden Age of Ninja Cinema (also known as the Dudikoff Era) ebbed at the close of the ‘80s the black-clad martial artists retreated to the shadows. This week director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) aims to resurrect them with Ninja Assassin a hyperkinetic gorefest starring Korean pop star Rain.
But these ain’t your daddy’s ninjas. Though they boast the familiar wardrobe (black on black) and weapons (swords throwing stars etc.) the ninjas in this flick are thoroughly nasty buggers. Members of a super-secret international syndicate of assassins-for-hire they can dodge bullets turn invisible heal wounds and communicate telepathically. And for the low low price of 100 lbs of gold they’ll kill anyone you want no questions asked.
It’s that latter aspect that draws the scrutiny of law enforcement — specifically agents Mika Coretti (Naomi Harris) and Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles) of Europol (which appears to be a division of Interpol staffed exclusively with imbeciles). Fortunately for these hapless twits they find a potent ally in Raizo (Rain) a renegade ninja of unsurpassed ability who nurses a nasty grudge against his cruel former master Lord Ozunu (Sho Kosugi).
Fueled by childhood memories of the abuse he suffered while at Lord Ozunu’s ninja sleepaway camp Raizo will stop at nothing to bring the entire operation down. Which is good because his former chums are a persistent lot arriving in ever greater numbers to snuff out the powerful apostate.
McTeigue’s dizzying shaky-cam combined with the identical appearance of most of the ninja combatants makes the action difficult to follow at times in Ninja Assassin. It’s probably why he felt compelled to accentuate every fight scene with exaggerated bursts of CGI blood. Still as disembodied heads limbs and torsos fly across the screen in quantities not seen since Kill Bill it’s nigh impossible to determine who they belong(ed) to. Much easier to pinpoint are the glistening six-pack abs of Raizo a fighter so badass he can ward off his pursuers while wearing little more than a thin layer of baby oil.
It’s a pity Raizo couldn’t have applied his blade to the Ninja Assassin script which encumbers the first half of the movie with endless flashbacks gratuitous training sequences and pointless political squabbling. Or perhaps he could have imparted some of his skills at deception to McTeigue who exhibits all of the subtlety and unpredictability of a kamikaze pilot.
This is one ninja flick that should have remained in the shadows.
Cops were called to the California home of San Diego Chargers star Merriman after Tequila dialled 911 and claimed she had been choked and prevented from leaving the property by the sports star.
Merriman was taken into custody accused of battery and false imprisonment but he denied attacking his lover, insisting he prevented her returning home as she was "inebriated" and he didn't want her to travel alone.
Police subsequently freed Merriman and the District Attorney ruled there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the case.
The news left the internet pin-up fuming and she has now taken her complaint to the civil courts, filing a lawsuit accusing the footballer of assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress.
The suit also includes photo evidence of bruises which Tequila claims were inflicted by Merriman during the incident, according to TMZ.com.
The star - real name Tila Nguyen - is seeking unspecified damages.
Last week (06Spe09), police were called to the home of San Diego Chargers footballer Shawne Merriman after Tequila dialled 911 and claimed she had been choked and prevented from leaving the property by the sports star.
The internet pin-up, real name Tila Nguyen, signed a complaint against her beau at the scene and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, while Merriman was taken into custody accused of battery and false imprisonment.
Merriman vehemently denied attacking his lover, insisting he prevented her returning home as she was "inebriated" and he didn't want her to travel alone.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis ruled on Friday (11Sep09) there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Merriman committed a crime.
But Tequila is fuming with the decision, and plans to launch a civil case against Merriman.
In a statement, her representative says, "Tila Tequila is the victim of a violent crime. The San Diego District attorney's decision not to press charges against Shawne Merriman for the battering of Tila Tequila demonstrates an unconscionable negligence in the discharging of their public duties. We strongly feel that justice has not been served in this matter.
"Obviously, The San Diego Charger's NFL franchise brings millions of dollars in revenue to the city of San Diego, and it seems clear that other interests are being served by the DA's office than the upholding of the law.
"A young woman was violently beaten and choked, and the physical evidence is both overwhelming and disturbing... Just because the DA has made this reckless decision doesn't mean that justice will not be served in this case. No one is above the law. Tila Tequila will immediately begin pursuing civil charges against Mr. Merriman and she will have her day in court."
Police responded to the home of San Diego Chargers star Shawne Merriman after Tequila dialled 911.
She claimed the sports star had attacked her after the pair spent the evening at a local nightclub.
The internet pin-up, real name Tila Nguyen, signed a complaint against her beau at the scene and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Merriman was taken into custody and accused of battery and false imprisonment.
He insisted he simply tried to stop an intoxicated Tequila from travelling home alone.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced on Friday (11Sep09) there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Merriman committed a crime.
A statement from Dumanis reads, "This case is now closed."
Police responded to the home of the San Diego Chargers player, 25, following a 911 call at 3:45am local time on Sunday (06Sep09) after the pair spent the evening at a local nightclub.
The internet pin-up, real name Tila Nguyen, signed a complaint against her beau at the scene and was taken to the local Pomerado Hospital for treatment.
Merriman was taken taken into custody and accused of battery and false imprisonment. His bail was set at $58,000 (£38,000), reports TMZ.com.
His lawyer has denied all charges against his sports star client, insisting he was simply trying to prevent an "extremely inebriated" Tequila from travelling home when he didn't deem it safe to do so.
But Nguyen has taken to social networking website Twitter.com to hit back at Merriman's defence - insisting she does not drink.
She writes, “I am only 93 pounds and 4 ft 11. I am allergic to alcohol. It has been publicly known for years. That is how I got the name Tila 'Tequila' cuz (sic) the irony... I can’t drink."
The pair has been dating since July (09).
Police responded to the home of the San Diego Chargers player, 25, following a 911 call at 3:45 a.m. local time.
The internet pin-up, real name Tila Nguyen, signed a complaint against her beau at the scene and was taken to the local Pomerado Hospital for treatment.
Merriman was taken into custody and is accused of battery and false imprisonment. His bail is set at $58,000 (£38,000).
A lawyer for Merriman has denied all charges against his sportstar client, insisting he was simply trying to prevent an "extremely inebriated" Tequila from travelling home when he didn't deem it safe for her to do so.
No further details regarding the model's condition were available as WENN went to press.
The pair have been dating since July (09).
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Carbon copying the already overly convoluted idea from the previous Final Destination movies the latest worst installment continues on the theme of one unlucky twentysomething being able to predict who’s going to die and when; this time it’s Nick. After attending a NASCAR race with his girlfriend Lori and their friends Hunt and Janet Nick has a premonition about an elaborate horrific accident that threatens everyone present. Naturally it comes true — and even though plenty of people die in the stands Death (you know the bogeyman) has only just begun. But Nick realizes that he might be able to save the survivors of that day by remembering the order in which they're supposed to die and warning them of their imminent demise. Unfortunately though not everyone believes him and they carry on with their dangerous activities ... like going to a hair salon or — gulp! — through a carwash.
WHO’S IN IT?
Up-and-coming actor Bobby Campo plays the main pretty young thing and he makes the best of what is ultimately an untenable and God-awful role to have to accept. Still fresh faces capable of pulling off his part are a dime a dozen and Destination’s past leads like Mary Elizabeth Winstead at least left us feeling their fear. Supporting actresses Shantel VanSanten as Lori and Haley Webb as Janet are there for little more than eye candy and ear-shredding screams while former MTV 'It' dude Nick Zano as the obnoxious clichéd — and obnoxiously clichéd — Hunt can’t even provide the occasional comic relief for which he was brought on. The lone bright spot comes courtesy of an evidently desperate-for-work Mykelti Williamson (aka Bubba in Forrest Gump) who plays a widowed security guard adding a shred of cred to the otherwise disposable cast (which includes a barely there Krista Allen).
Clocking in at a mercifully brisk hour and 15 minutes the makers of TFD find one way to not essentially call us stupid: They know we want our scares quickly and they deliver — except for actually scaring us. Aside from its running time the aforementioned credible performance by Williamson is literally all the movie has going for it.
Wow where to begin? Destination another in a loooong line of wholly unnecessary sequels is riddled with problems — from the are-you-kidding-me? “special” effects (even in 3-D) to the jaw-droppingly horrendous writing. Director David R. Ellis (helmer of the infinitely better Final Destination 2) should bear much of the blame. He seems uninterested in delivering anything that people go to the movies for; this Destination is nothing more than tenuously connected scenes of video-game-like deaths that try to one-up each other. And not one of the sequences is even mildly suspenseful or scary — just disturbing in the sense that some people will actually smirk in earnest at the cartoonishness of it all.
The writing though is the real culprit. Eric Bress’ (also an FD2 alum) script is incredibly unimaginative merely recycling similar but better executed scenarios from the three previous movies and swapping out the settings. With ideas so bad Bress makes it abundantly clear that there’s no inane death massacre left to explore at this point; it's basically a metaphorical surrender. And yet the dialogue is even worse — with stock stereotypical block characters muttering it to boot.
LEAST FAVORITE SCENE?
Not to completely give it away — lest we make the movie predictable! — but one of the death scenes is just so far beyond ridiculous that it transcends even sarcastic laughter. Hint: It involves water and it’s about midway through the movie … if you dare stay that long.
Even if you’re not a cinephile and you couldn’t care less about things like character depth and plot development and you’re looking for a very quick thrill The Final Destination is well beneath you. It makes recent straight-to-DVD releases look like fully coherent masterpieces. Whether in 3-D or 2-D it’s a mustn't-see!
In multicultural L.A. different households put their own spin on Turkey Day chaos: An African-American mom (Alfre Woodard) deals with her stubborn husband (Dennis Haysbert) nosy mother-in-law (Ann Weldon) and other irritants. Vietnamese immigrants (Joan Chen Francois Chau) worry that they've become alienated from their Americanized kids. A Latina matriarch (Mercedes Ruehl) faces the unwelcome return of her prodigal husband (Victor Rivers). Old-fashioned Jewish parents (Lainie Kazan Maury Chaykin) fret over a visit from their daughter (Kyra Sedgwick) and her irreverent lesbian lover (Julianna Margulies).
With substantial parts for more than a dozen actors in its diverse cast "What's Cooking?" has first-class character players spilling out of the cupboards. Ruehl criminally underused by Hollywood since her Oscar for 1991's "The Fisher King " is a stand-out delight in the juiciest of the four central mom roles. The Kazan-Chaykin-Sedgwick-Margulies team is particularly on target working the comedy in the Jewish quarter of the story.
Anglo-Indian director Gurinder Chadha ("Bhaji on the Beach") pulls off the challenging feat of weaving her mostly unrelated plotlines together without losing narrative tension - a factor that has shot down many a similarly ambitious ensemble drama. At first the modest family-movie scenarios seem to be heading in a hopelessly feel-good Hallmark Hall of Fame direction but the script (by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges) starts to cook with some zinger plot twists in the second act. And the multistory format so often an arbitrary device in such films actually serves a thematic purpose in this case - though you'll have to wait for the cleverly set-up ending to find out what it is.