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Ex-Bills Linebacker Denies Role in Playboy Employee’s WeHo Death



Ex Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman denies role in model’s death, says her parents are ‘defaming’ him

(NY Daily News) — Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman is defending against allegations he played a role in the death of model Kimberly Fattorini.

Fattorini, 30, was working as a casting associate for Playboy when she died at a friend’s West Hollywood apartment in July 2017 after attending a party.

“I realize the (parents) must be suffering greatly, but (I) do not have any idea why they are defaming me by making false accusations in the press and in public pleadings and causing me economic harm,” Merriman wrote in a statement filed Tuesday in his related bankruptcy case.

The cases are now linked because Merriman says the new lawsuit must be placed on holding pending the outcome of his Chapter 13 filing.

“Until the tragic death of Kimberly Fattorini made the newspaper, I was a sports commentator on a variety of television shows. I was also a motivational speaker, especially addressing the topic of overcoming adversity,” he said in the new statement.

He told the judge he had “no idea” the Fattorinis were about to sue him when he filed a statement last December detailing his finances and debts. Merriman said he has no insurance […]

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