Michael Oher alleged in an August legal filing that the Tuohy family "received millions" for the film, while he received nothing
Michael Oher received more than $138,000 for his rights to The Blind Side, according to a new court filing from the Tuohy family.
In court documents filed Wednesday and obtained by PEOPLE, the retired NFL star, whose life inspired the Oscar-nominated film, is shown to have been paid $138,311.01 in ten installments over a period of 16 years beginning in 2007 by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.
The retired NFL star alleged in a legal filing on Aug. 14 that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy had misrepresented what a conservatorship was when they had him agree to it at age 18, and said the Tuohy family — and their two children — “collectively received millions of dollars and Michael received nothing for his rights” to the film.
According to Wednesday's filing, Oher received the final payment of $8,480,10 on April 17, 2023.
“After a 10% commission was paid, one-third of this sum was given to Michael Oher by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy,” the filing states. “Checks for 2021 and 2022 have not cleared the Tuohy’s bank accounts.”
The new filing shows tax documents from Alcon Film Fund LLC to Sean in care of the Creative Artists Agency, as well as bank statements and other evidence that show the Tuohys disbursed the money to Oher.
PEOPLE has contacted representatives for Oher for comment.
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Oher signed a conservatorship agreement in 2004 when he was 18 years old that granted the Tuohy’s control of his finances. At the time, he was living with the family and playing high school football.
Oher alleged in his August petition that the Tuohys, including Leigh Anne and Sean’s two children by birth, Collins Tuohy and Sean Tuohy Jr., all made money from the film, which was based on the 2006 book of the same name and centered around the Tuohy family taking Oher in and helping him both in school and in the classroom.
The former Baltimore Ravens player claimed that all four members of the family were paid $225,000 for the film plus 2.5% of the film’s proceeds. He later learned that he was the only member of the family not receiving royalty checks from the film, his attorney J. Gerard Stranch IV told ESPN.
The Tuohys have denied that claim, along with Alcon Entertainment, which produced The Blind Side. In a statement shared with PEOPLE, they said Oher and the four members of the Tuohy family were collectively paid approximately $767,000 in payments delivered through their talent agency for The Blind Side.
In September, Oher’s petition to terminate his conservatorship with the couple was granted.
The 2009 movie made $330 million at the box office and has continued to make money in the years since.
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