Oher also noted in the petition that while the Tuohys negotiated contracts for themselves and their two biological children to receive $225,000 each, plus 2.5 percent of the film’s “defined net proceeds,” from The Blind Side, he received no compensation for signing the rights to his life story.
But Sean told the Daily Memphian, “We didn’t make any money off the movie,” explaining that instead, Michael Lewis, who wrote the book the film is based on, split his profit from selling the movie rights with the Tuohy family and that “everybody in the family got an equal share, including Michael. It was about $14,000 each.”
The 2009 film grossed more than $300 million and stars Quinton Aaron as Oher and Sandra Bullock, who earned an Oscar for her performance as Leigh Anne.
One day after the news of his filing became public, Oher broke his silence in a statement shared by his lawyers.
“I am disheartened by the revelation shared in the lawsuit today,” he said in Aug. 15 statement to E! News. “This is a difficult situation for my family and me. I want to ask everyone to please respect our privacy at this time. For now, I will let the lawsuit speak for itself and will offer no further comment.”
To see photos of the Tuohy family and Michael throughout the years, keep reading…