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Playboy Model’s Family Sues Ex NFL Star Shawne Merriman For Daughter’s Overdose

NFL Star Shawne Merriman Sued For Kimberly Fattorini Overdose
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Jul. 22 2019, Updated 4:34 p.m. ET

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The parents of a deceased Playboy employee have alleged that a former NFL star was involved in their daughter’s death and now are taking legal action.

As The Blast reported, the family of Kimberly Fattorini has filed a lawsuit against Shawne Merriman and others following her tragic death on July 21, 2017.

The 30-year-old, who worked as a casting associate for Playboy, was discovered unresponsive in her Hollywood home. An autopsy later determined there was no foul play and Kimberly died from an overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and the club drug, GH.

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Roughly two years after their daughter’s death, Deann and Ferdinand Fattorini have sued Merriman and a nightclub, accusing them of drugging and possibly assaulting Kimberly prior to her passing.

As read in the lawsuit, a promoter who was hosting at a nightclub invited her to the event where she drank alcohol and partied with friends before returning to his home and using cocaine.

The promoter allegedly wanted to have sex with one of the women and contacted Merriman via text message to help occupy the other women.

According to the report, the lawsuit asserts that the ex-NFL player eventually came between 8:30-9 a.m. with “some kind of bottle,” that was “filled with a liquid.”

Further texts obtained by Fattorini’s family supposedly show Kimberly texted the promoter shortly after suspecting “G”, commonly referred to as a “club or date rape drug,” was in her drink.

“you friend just poor'dsic half G in my drink,” she wrote.

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As the report stated, the suit alleges that Kimberly resumed parting with Merriman and a friend, but was found unresponsive around 3:16 PM, prompting a 911 call.

It was later alleged at the time of the call, the football player did not want it to be known he was present because he was "very concerned about the media attention the incident might create since he was a celebrity." He left before emergency responders could arrive, the lawsuit claims according to the report.

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As reported, the lawsuit claims that when responders showed up, they discovered the casting associate in what appeared to a hasty attempt to get her dressed. She had her “half-naked with her jeans unzipped and unbuttoned,” bra twisted, bruises on her leg and her “lips were blue.”

A sexual assault test was requested, but officials claimed it was impossible to conduct properly since the autopsy was already conducted.

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The Fattorini family is seeking damages to be determined for the loss of their daughter's "love."

"As of right now Shawne, nor his attorney, have any knowledge of him being named in any lawsuit. This alleged lawsuit is baseless. Shawne attended an after party more than two years ago where a young woman unfortunately overdosed,"  a representative for Merriman told a website.

He continued,"The police thoroughly investigated and found no wrong doing whatsoever by Shawne. The fact that they are raising this now, two years after the fact, demonstrates the baseless nature of these allegations."”

As readers know, Merriman has a thing for Playboy models. exclusively reported Kendra Wilkinson dated the ex-NFL star before she married Hank Baskett. 

The former San Diego Charger also made headlines for his toxic relationship with Tila Tequila. In 2009, the reality television star filed a lawsuit against Merriman, accusing him of battery and false imprisonment.

In the lawsuit, she claimed he choked her and threw her down during an argument they had. It allegedly included photos of her bruises as well as photos that made visible the differences in their height and build. Tequila also accused him of abusing drugs and humiliating her because she was bisexual. The lawsuit was later settled.



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