Michael Oher, the subject of the Academy award-winning 2009 film, The Blind Side, is alleging in a Tennessee court that he was never legally adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, but was coerced into signing a conservatorship document when he was a teenager, which gave them the power to make deals in his name to the tune of millions of dollars.
According to ESPN’s Michael Fletcher, instead of adopting him, less than three months after Oher turned 18 in 2004, the petition says, the couple tricked him into signing a document making them his conservators, which gave them legal authority to make business deals in his name including the 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock, who won a Best Actress Academy Award for the role. Oher alleges, the Tuoys enriched themselves and their two biological children from the film and did not compensate him at all. The film grossed over $300 million at the box office.
According to Oher, the Tuoys have continued to perpetuate this adoption lie using it to make money for themselves, their foundation and paid motivational speaking engagements.
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This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on social media @Ntellectual.