San Diego Chargers linebacker, Shawne Merriman filed a lawsuit Wednesday against his ex-girlfriend, reality TV star, Tila Nguyen, better known as Tila Tequila.
According to the NFL superstar, Nguyen, among other things lied about her claims in November that Merriman physically abused her, in an attempt to ruin his career. Furthermore, he is saying that Tequila posted pictures of him and used his "Lights Out" trademark on her website without his permission.
Merriman alleges that Nguyen set out to ruin his career by posting on her website that he choked and attacked her, that he sleeps with minors and forces them to take drugs, and that he used illegal drugs.
In the lawsuit, Merriman says Tila admitted making false statements about him.
The football star is seeking an injunction from trademark and copyright infringements, statutory damages of up to $2 million and other unspecified damages.
In November, Tila filed a lawsuit against Merriman, accusing him of assault, battery and false imprisonment. She alleged that on September 5, she and Merriman got into a argument over his temper, his drug use, and derogatory comments toward her. According to Nguyen, Merriman choked her when she tried to leave his home. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the house and arrested Merriman. Merriman has said that Nguyen was drunk and he was trying to prevent her from driving.
Sheriff’s deputies said they saw no signs of injury or struggle and the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges, saying there was not enough evidence to prove a crime was committed.