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Judge ending Michael Oher conservatorship by Tuohy family

A Tennessee judge said Friday she will terminate a conservatorship agreement between former NFL player Michael Oher and a Memphis couple who adopted him when he was in high school.

Shelby County Probate Court Judge Kathleen Gomes said she will terminate the 2004 agreement that allowed Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy to control Oher’s finances. Oher signed the agreement when he was 18 and living with the couple while he was being recruited by colleges as a star high school football player.

Gomez said she would not dismiss the case. Oher demanded a financial accounting from the Tooheys of funds they may have received as part of the agreement, claiming they used his name, image and likeness to enrich themselves and lied to him, saying the agreement meant The Toohey family will adopt him.

The judge said she was uncomfortable with such an agreement. She said that in her 43-year career, she had never seen a custody agreement reached with a non-disabled person.

“I can’t believe this was done,” Gomez said.

Oher claims the Tooheys used their power as conservators to strike a deal that paid them and their two children millions of dollars in royalties from the Oscar-winning film “The Underbelly,” which grossed more than $3 million at the box office. billion, while Oher—whose story is the focus of the film—earned nothing.

In a four-page response last month, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy said proceeds from the film would be split equally between themselves, their two children and Oher .

Oher and Toosis listened to the comments via video conference call but did not speak. Both sides have previously expressed a desire to end regulation.

This report used information from ESPN’s Michael Fletcher and The Associated Press.

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