Michael Oher of ‘The Blind Side’ says he wasn’t adopted, but put in a conservatorship

Michael Oher, the subject of the 2009 movie “The Blind Side,” alleges that he was not adopted by the Tuohy family, but put in a conservatorship from which they profited.

Background: Oher, a former NFL player, stated that the Tuohy family established a conservatorship, profiting from his name, image, and likeness, instead of adopting him as depicted in the movie.
* He is requesting the dissolvement of the conservatorship and an account for all his assets and payments owed to him over the years.

The legalities: A conservatorship is a legal appointment allowing a party to handle the financial and personal affairs of another.
* Oher alleges that the Tuohy family presented him with the conservatorship after he moved in with them, stating it was comparable to an adoption.
* According to Oher, he wasn’t aware until 2023 that he had no legal family ties to the Tuohys.

Financial ramifications: Oher claims he received no profit from ‘The Blind Side,’ which made at least $300 million.
* He alleges his name was signed on a document giving 20th Century Fox the right to use and portray his name, likeness, and personal experiences without payment.
* He is unsure whether this document was forged but states he never signed it.

Next steps: Oher has filed a petition for the termination of the conservatorship and requests punitive damages and overdue payments with interest.
* He accuses the Tuohys of contract violation for failing to file annual accounts of his assets.

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