We'd heard that last Sunday morning Tila Tequila called the cops on her boyfriend, San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman. The two were at Shawne's house in San Diego when Tila claimed he choked her and tried to physically restrain her.
We hadn't seen the evidence until now, and it's actually not pretty. Some sites are accusing Tila of pursuing Rihanna-scale publicity, but Tila's allegations look legit. YourTango: A Domestic Violence Survivor's Advice For Rihanna
Here's how the fight and arrest appear to have gone down: Shawne and Tila had been out at the Stingaree club in San Diego that night, where witnesses took pics of Tila lapdancing on Shawne up until about 1:00 a.m. Then they went home, and Shawne told authorities that Tila was acting out of control and he simply was trying to convince her to stay at his house until she sobered up. She reportedly made a citizens arrest on allegations that he acted violently with her. Shawne released a statement that when paramedics examine Tila, no injuries were reported, and he thanked the San Diego County Police for their professionalism.
Tila responded with this tweet, claiming she was not 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 cant drink"
Who's telling the truth? Shawne's ex-girlfriend Gloria Velez told TMZ that she doubts he hurt Tila because he never laid a hand on her in the four years she dated him. Meanwhile, Tila's not backing down. She met with the San Diego County District Attorney's office yesterday, and they're reviewing the case.
Reporters have asked Tila whether she'll forgive Shawne, to which she replied, "I don't know." Unless she's sure she wants to move forward with the allegations, maybe she should drop it for now before it turns into a Rihanna-Chris Brown inspired Romeo & Juliet with the courts calling the shots.Celebrity Love: Chris Brown And Rihanna Meeting In Mexico
Click here to see TMZ's shots of Shawne and Tila just a short time before the fight.
Click here to see the shot of Tila's bruises that Bossip has posted.
Photo via Bauer-Griffin.