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Jonathan Lee Riches reportedly filed Johnny Manziel lawsuit

Jonathan-Lee-RichesAs we all expected, the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Johnny Manziel earlier this month was nothing more than a hoax that someone slipped through the cracks in a Florida courtroom. The suit was filed under the name Samantha Schacher, as in the cohost of the “Dr. Drew on Call” show on HLN. The person believed to be behind the prank is Jonathan Lee Riches.

Apparently Riches is known as a “serial filer” who has pulled similar stunts in the past. Staci Zaretski of AboveTheLaw.com pulled copies of several other “fake” suits Riches filed and said he is well known among the legal community. Schacher also tweeted about Riches on Friday afternoon.

Riches is a convicted felon who spent 10 years in prison for wire fraud. He gained fame by filing a number of ridiculous lawsuits while he was behind bars. In addition to Manziel, he has taken “legal action” against Kim Kardashian, Michael Vick and The Gap. He once vowed to “flood the universe with more lawsuits.”

This guy is obviously a huge nuisance to society, and something has to be done about it. He makes the argument that the people he targets are all public figures, but the line has to be drawn. Wasting time and resources on a screwball like Riches is a shame, even if his latest lawsuit made us wet ourselves.

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Samantha Schacher lawsuit against Johnny Manziel is real, could be frivolous

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A lawsuit that was filed against Johnny Manziel by a woman named Samantha Schacher set the internet on fire Friday morning. While it has been widely assumed that the claims in the suit are untrue, it does appear that the lawsuit is real. By that, we mean it has actually been filed in a Florida court on May 16.

Now, that does not mean that the lawsuit against Manziel is not frivolous. By definition, frivolous means “not having any serious purpose or value.” It’s never wise to assume a victim is lying, though the claims Schacher — or someone else who was using her name — made are absolutely off the charts.

Schacher has a Twitter page. Her profile says she is a contributor and cohost on HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” show. One of the claims made against Manziel in the lawsuit was that he called the plaintiff and told her he “wanted a threesome with Dr. Drew.”

Ian Rapoport provided a bit more context:

If Schacher was not the one who filed the lawsuit, it appears someone has used her name as part of his or her hoax. If that’s the case, she will likely take legal action against the person who did file the suit. Since everyone seems to be assuming the accusations are bogus, you could argue that Schacher’s name is being smeared more than Manziel’s if it turns out she had nothing to do with it.