Judge Tosses Out That Bizarre Kidnapping Case Involving Shaq, A Sex Tape, And The Crips
Last month, we brought you the tale of a bizarre lawsuit filed against Shaq by convicted felon/ex-gang member turned music producer Robert Ross. The suit, first obtained by TMZ, accused O'Neal of masterminding a wild kidnapping plot, as well as ordering a series of murders and brutal attacks on people who did him wrong. The alleged Feb. 11, 2008 kidnapping centered on a non-existent sex tape, and was claimed to have been carried out by the infamous Main Street Crips.
Everything about the allegations sounded like something straight out of a Law and Order episode, which is why we found the whole thing dubious at best, and utterly insane at worst. It didn't exactly help that an LAPD memo obtained by The Los Angeles Times described Ross as an "undesirable informant" when he worked as an informer for a federal task force investigating the Crips back in 2006.
Apparently the judge shared these sentiments, and threw out the kidnapping case, formally dismissing charges against the seven known gang members named as defendants.
According to District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison, "We did not have the necessary confidence in the victim Robert Ross to proceed."
A law enforcement source said one major red flag was an electronic message Ross allegedly sent to O’Neal’s ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal during the case that warned her it was time to “pay up.”
That's not to say Shaq is totally in the clear just yet, as there's still the matter of the civil suit filed against O'Neal and his business partner Mark Stevens, alleging the two were behind the attack. Fortunately for both parties, Ross hasn't exactly done much to inspire faith in his credibility as of late.
[h/t Pro Basketball Talk]
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