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Johnny Manziel named as defendant in very strange, probably bogus lawsuit/restraining order

(Associated Press)

UPDATE 12:32 P.M.

Samantha Schacher, television personality, says it wasn’t her.


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.

Erik Burkhardt, Manziel’s agent, immediately denounced the lawsuit.

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.

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.

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.