The petition, filed in Shelby County in Tennessee, claims that when he thought he was being adopted, the Tuohys urged him to sign a conservatorship in which he relinquished his ability to enter into contracts. The lawsuit also claims that Oher, who started living with the Tuohys at age 16, unknowingly signed away the rights to his life story to 20th Century Fox in 2007. Oher’s lawyer declined to comment beyond what was stated in the lawsuit.
For “The Blind Side,” the hit film that starred Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy and Quinton Aaron as Oher, the Tuohys negotiated a contract of $2,25,000 plus 2.5% of future “defined net proceeds” for themselves and their biological children, the lawsuit said. Oher says in the lawsuit that he received nothing while the movie generated more than $300 million in revenue worldwide.
The Tuohy family did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In an interview with Daily Memphian on Monday, Sean Tuohy said that he had been “devastated” to hear about the lawsuit and that it was “upsetting to think we would make money off any of our children.” Tuohy said he would be willing to end the conservatorship and that everybody in his family, including Oher, got an equal share from the movie, around $14,000. Sean Tuohy Jr., the son of Leigh Anne and Sean, said in an interview on Monday that he made “60, 70 grand over the course of the last four, five years” from the movie.