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Agent says lawsuit filed against Browns rookie Johnny Manziel is '1000000% fake and/or frivolous'

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 23, 2014

Updated at 5:20 p.m.

The circus surrounding Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel reached a new level of absurdity this morning when a phony lawsuit filed against him in Florida district court May 16 went viral online.

The raunchy complaint accuses Manizel of sexual harassment and seeks a restraining order as well as $25 million. No lawyer is listed on the suit because, well, it's a hoax.

The complaint was filed under the name of Samantha Schacher, a CNN/HLN contributor and co-host of HLN's the Dr. Drew On Call show. The address listed for Schacher in the suit is the address for CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, and the complaint includes a reference to Dr. Drew.

"It's 100 percent a hoax," HLN spokesperson Alison Rudnick told the Beacon Journal today by phone.

Schacher later echoed the same message in an interview with

"It's absolutely 100 percent bogus and a hoax," Schacher said.

Schacher then tweeted a link to the TMZ story and named the man she believes filed the suit.

"The person believed to be behind the lawsuit, defaming myself and Manziel is a serial filer Jonathan Lee Riches," Schacher wrote on Twitter.

According to a profile published by the New Republic last summer, Riches has filed suits against countless public figures, including President George W. Bush, Pope Benedict XVI and Bill Gates. Riches has even sued himself for civil rights violations.

In her interview with TMZ, Schacher added, "It's a shame you're taking advantage of the legal system. You're playing with people's reputations and careers and it's hurtful."

Erik Burkhardt, Manziel’s agent, didn’t hesitate to label the suit a prank.

“This joke "lawsuit" is obviously 1000000% fake and/ or frivolous,” Burkhardt wrote on Twitter. “Embarrassing I even have say this after reading the nonsense.”

Burkhardt later told USA Today it's "absolutely possible" Manziel could pursue legal action in response to the court filing.

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

Even though the suit isn't legitimate, it's just another example of the type of chaos that goes hand in hand with Manziel's celebrity.

Below is the lawsuit:

Samantha Schacher v Johnny Manziel


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