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Despite NFL star Shawne Merriman's claims that his altercation with Tila Tequila was to prevent her from driving drunk, the A Shot at Love star maintains she was attacked.

An attorney for Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, called Merriman's statement a "fantastic story," according to E! News. Attorney Alan Gutman claims Merriman is making personal attacks against Nguyen to spin coverage from his "illegal and indefensible actions."

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"It is never justifiable to brutally assault, choke, strike and imprison a woman," Gutman said in a statement Tuesday night. "Once the truth is fully revealed, Mr. Merriman's fantastic story of how he was trying to keep Ms. Tequila safe will be completely discredited. No one, especially a woman, should ever have to endure what Mr. Merriman did to Tila Tequila."Nguyen was hospitalized briefly

Saturday night after the altercation, and Merriman spent a few hours in jail after Nguyen called the police and filed a citizen's complaint. No charges have been filed.