The Tila Tequila/Shawne Merriman incident of early Sunday morning is turning into a classic case of he-said, she-said. She says that she was at NFL player Merriman’s house at 3:45 a.m., when he choked her, knocked her over, and tried to hold her down. She called the police and, when they arrived, she signed a citizen’s arrest form. Merriman was taken into custody and released on bail seven hours later. [People]
But now Merriman is saying that’s not the whole story. He says two were at a party with about 14 others, and that Tila was “extremely inebriated.” He claims he was trying to keep her from driving home. “We would all do our best to help a friend if we considered their actions to be detrimental to their personal safety,” he said. “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.” If that’s the case, keeping her from driving was a very good thought. But, um, whatever happened to taking someone’s keys? That should never, ever, ever involve choking and restraining. Especially when the guy in question is 6’4 and 272 pounds and the woman in question is 4’11 and way less than 100. [NY Daily News]
Ever since the incident, Tila has been unusually quiet on her Twitter feed, though she did write up a quick response to the assertion that she was drunk. “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.” That would explain why she always seemed reasonably in control of her actions on “A Shot At Love,” while the men and women who were courting her (wait, can we really call it that?) seemed blitzed out of their minds.
Who knows if we’ll ever know exactly what happened here. But here’s hoping this is the last incident like this for a very long time.