UPDATE 12:32 P.M.
Samantha Schacher, television personality, says it wasn’t her.
It’s 100% a hoax people, the serial filer’s name is Jonathan Lee Riches: http://t.co/GdDwW7AdlC— Samantha Schacher (@SamSchacher) May 23, 2014
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is the subject of a very weird restraining order and likely bogus lawsuit that was filed May 16 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Samantha Schacher, named as the plaintiff, accuses Manziel of “sexually harassing me since Valentine’s Day, 2013, calling me non-stop on my Samsung Phone and sending me naked selfies of himself showing me his penis.” She seeks a restraining order and $25 million.
Twitter immediately took to wondering if the lawsuit was, in fact, real.
Manziel suit was definitely filed. I just double-checked for the filing in the court system: pic.twitter.com/91gJ75YMdf— Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) May 23, 2014
Erik Burkhardt, Manziel’s agent, immediately denounced the lawsuit.
This joke ″lawsuit” is obviously 1000000% fake and/ or frivolous. Embarrassing I even have say this after reading the nonsense.— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) May 23, 2014
The lawsuit is filled with rather colloquial language and a number of misspelled words, and obviously appears to have not written by an attorney, which apparently is not unusual.
When people file court cases pro se (without an attorney), they often read like this. I’ve seen worse.— Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) May 23, 2014
The woman named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit shares a name with a television personality who is the co-host of “Dr. Drew on Call” on HLN and also serves as a pop-culture correspondent for CNN. The lawsuit lists her address as 190 Marietta St. N.W. in Atlanta, which is the same address as CNN headquarters. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says it’s not the same woman, and that the lawsuit is more than likely bogus.
A few things to know on this Manziel lawsuit: Per Court clerk, the filer is a “frequent filer” & Samantha Schacher is an alias. (1/2)— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2014
As Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report points out, there are similarities between the Manziel lawsuit and one filed in the same court against Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback and fellow first-round NFL draft pick Blake Bortles.
Lotta similarities between the filing against Manziel and the one against Blake Bortles—also with an alias. http://t.co/MGVfKtp5dA— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) May 23, 2014