The reality star accuses San Diego Chargers' Linebacker of choking her

By Elaine Aradillas
September 06, 2009 09:45 PM
GSI Media

Tila Tequila has accused San Diego Chargers’ linebacker Shawne Merriman of choking her, according to officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Early Sunday morning, deputies were called to Merriman’s residence in Poway, Calif., a town bordering the city of San Diego, where the reality star, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, claimed she was choked and restrained, according to a press release.

“[Nguyen] made a citizen’s arrest,” Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Steadman tells PEOPLE.

Merriman was charged with battery and false imprisonment, according to the release. Steadman says the results of an investigation will be given to the district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to charge the football star.

Merriman was taken into police custody but an official at the county’s central jail said that there was no one with his name in custody as of Sunday afternoon.

Nguyen was taken to Pomerado Hospital, according to the release, but her condition was unknown.

The star of MTV’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, Nguyen, dubbed the “Bisexual Bachelorette,” appeared in two seasons of the reality dating show, starting in 2007.