Tila Tequila and Shawne Merriman Feud Over Alleged Abuse

September 8, 2009

Over the Labor Day weekend reality television star Tila Tequila called police accusing San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman of choking her and throwing her to the ground. The two are now feuding over exactly what went down.

Merriman was arrested at his home in San Diego after Tila Tequila signed a citizen's arrest warrant charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment. The two, who reportedly are a couple, had spent the evening partying at the famed Stingaree club before going with a group of people to Merriman’s home. This is when the drama supposedly went down.

Merriman released a statement through his lawyers, denying the charges:

On September 6, 2009, the San Diego Sheriff's Department responded to a citizen's complaint that was initiated by Tila Nguyen (a.k.a. Tila Tequila). I was taken into custody based upon that complaint. At the time, I was concerned about her welfare given the intoxicated state she appeared to be in, and I encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided. We would all do our best to help a friend if we considered their actions to be detrimental to their personal safety. I in no way caused any harm to Ms. Nguyen, however, paramedics were called, and she was examined, but no injuries were reported. She was released and has since returned to Los Angeles, California.

Tila responded on Twitter saying she doesn’t drink because she is allergic to alcohol. She tweeted “I am allergic to alcohol. It has been publicly known for years. That is how I got the name Tila 'Tequila' cuz the irony. I can't drink.”

This has been disputed by managers at the club where Tila and Shawne were partying. The Assoicated Press is reporting that Tila was seen consuming shots of Tequila, drinking vodka from a bottle, and was “visibly intoxicated.” James Brennan, the owner of the Stingaree, said, “It sounds like she's allergic to the truth." Brennan also said it appeared that Merriman “ordered only bottled water.” Tila again took to her Twitter page and alluded that Merriman may be suffering from roid rage.

Merriman is convinced he’ll be cleared and is waiting to see if the District Attorney’s files any charges.

Who do you believe?

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