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Tequila slams authorities over choking case dismissal

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Sep 12, 2009 | 5:15am EDT

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."

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