Tuohy family attorney: Paper trail will tell true story

Tuohy family attorney: Paper trail will tell true story

All right so we turn down to the latest fallout with the family at the center of the 2009 hit movie
The Blind Side. The lawyer representing Sean and Leanne Toohey say they have receipts to
prove they did not swindle former NFL player Michael Ower out of any money. Attorney Martin
Singer spoke to News Nation’s Chris Cuomo last night painting a picture he says will prove the
family’s innocence. It’s completely false and when the proof comes out everyone will see the truth
You know numbers don’t lie paper trails don’t lie and when the proper time comes and we present
the truth I think it will be evident to everyone of what’s going on here. All right so the proof
they say will reveal Ower’s alleged extortion efforts. They claim the Super Bowl champ tried
to shake them down for 15 million. So what now? Let’s bring in civil and trial attorney and law
professor Dante Mills. Dante thank you so much for being with us. So now we’re starting to hear
the other side of the story. What is your reaction to this newest twist? There’s a lot going on here
first of all let’s just break it down. What is a conservatorship? It’s a guardian or protector
who’s appointed for handling affairs of someone who is incapable of doing so on their own either
a physical incapability or mental. So you have to look at it originally and say why do they have
this conservatorship in the first place? He’s a grown man at this point. He should be able to
handle his own affairs unless there’s some kind of mental incapacity that we don’t know about.
Why do they have control over what he does? So now that that’s established we then turn to look at
what did they do with that control? Were there some deals set up where they used his likeness
and profited but didn’t give him any profits? That’s what he’s saying. What they’re saying now is
we have our own money. We have our own money. We don’t need to use your name or likeness to make
money. We tried to help you. We wanted to protect you and that’s all we did. All right so Dante the
Toohey family says you know that Elmer got an equal cut of money from the movie. They also say
he quote started to threaten them about what he would do unless they paid him an eight figure
windfall and as part of that shakedown effort refused to cash the small profit checks from
the Toohey’s. So at the end of all this is it going to come down to tracking the money here?
You know looking at bank statements, looking at any type of legal documentation?
So it does but first of all the lawsuit is to end the conservatorship. He’s saying I want the
ability to control my own name, my own likeness, my own money. The byproduct of that is him saying
they used that to profit off of me and I didn’t receive profit. So now that that’s over let’s go
back. Let’s do the accounting. Let’s see how much they made off of me and make sure that I made the
right percentage or made the amount that I’m supposed to. I don’t think there’s anything
wrong with that. I think the family should be open to showing their books and saying here’s the amount
of money we made off the movie. Here’s the amount of money we made off of other deals and here’s
what he received and if he received enough then their name is clear. But I think at the end of
the day he just wants his conservatorship over and to have control of his own destiny.
You know and Dante I think you know people hear conservatorship at least you know in recent memory
so many people think of Britney Spears and what happened with her family. There was so much back
and forth in that case and it’s starting in this case. How likely do you think this one is to go
to court and end up being litigated? You hope it doesn’t because it can get really ugly because
what the family would have to show is that he has some kind of deficit. That there’s some kind of
mental issue there that’s preventing him from taking care of himself. They would have to air
his dirty laundry. They would have to show examples like Britney Spears family did of why she is not
in control of herself or why she’s not capable of controlling herself. So you hope just for the
family’s sake you believe or you want to believe there was love there. That they loved each other
and you don’t want to see it get messy. You hope they just say listen okay you’re a man now you
want to take care of your own finances and your own person do that but here’s the proof that when
we were in control we did it the right way. Yeah we certainly hope this will not get any uglier
than it’s already starting to get as you mentioned there. All right National Trial Attorney Dante Mills
thank you. Thank you for watching. Go to wolrdinfotoday.com to find News Nation on your television
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