Manziel says sex harassment lawsuit is result of a hoax

(KHOU) - A person has filed for a restraining order against Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and is seeking $25 million in damages, claiming he has sexually harassed a woman for more than a year.

TMZ reports that Headline News contributor Samantha Schacher ?was named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Johnny Manziel, however, reportedly says she's the victim in a cruel hoax and she's never even met the QB.

Schacher later tweeted that the person believed to be behind the lawsuit is "a serial filer."

TMZ Sports spoke with Schacher, who said she was "shocked when she woke up this morning and learned someone filed a bogus lawsuit against Manziel using her name in Florida."

The document, filed in federal court in Florida on May 16, makes numerous salacious allegations against Manziel centered on him allegedly sending nude photos of himself to a woman. A deputy court clerk in Tampa said the complaint arrived by mail and the court has no way of confirming who sent it. The court clerk, who did not wish to be named, said the filing was mailed in Trenton, N.J.

The document also does not list an attorney, and no other supporting documents could be found in the record in a search by USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, immediately wrote on Twitter that the complaint is "fake" and "frivolous."

"It's insanity," Burkhardt told USA TODAY Sports. "You can read the thing for yourself.

"What some people will do for publicity is just embarrassing. That's all I've got to say."

Later, Burkhardt told USA TODAY Sports it is "absolutely possible" Manziel could seek legal action in response to the court filing, though Manziel's team of representatives is still early in its evaluation process.

"We absolutely will protect our client to the fullest extent of the law," Burkhardt said.

The Cleveland Browns drafted Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, with the No. 22 pick of the NFL draft May 8.

The team said Friday it had no comment.

The document was filed on May 16 and entered into the court system on Thursday, records show.

USA TODAY Sports attempted Friday to reach the employer, agents and publicist for the woman whose name is listed on the court filing for comment, but voice mail and e-mail messages were not returned.


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