Did Shawne Merriman actually keep Tila Tequila from driving drunk? Hel-lo, limo?
He has since been released and no charges were filed.
Merriman's side is that he did not assault the reality TV star and was simply trying to prevent her from leaving his home in an intoxicated state.
Here's his partial statement: "On September 6, 2009 the San Diego Sheriff's Department responded to a citizen's complaint that was initiated by Tila Nguyen (aka Tila Tequila). I was taken into custody based upon that complaint. 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."
Tequila, who claims she was choked and physically restrained by Merriman, signed a citizen's arrest warrant charging the player with battery and false imprisonment. He was taken into custody but released shortly afterward. Nguyen and her reps are mum.
What do you think? Who's telling the truth?
My only question is this: Didn't anyone have a car and/or driver on call that night? Why keep her there? Why not put her into a limo? Would a taxi have killed them?