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LeBron's Manager Accused of False Imprisonment

10/19/2010 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James' manager is accused of physically and psychologically damaging a 19-year-old woman ... after she claims the guy held her against her will and stole a very expensive piece of LeBron-inspired jewelry.

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TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by VaNeisha Robinson -- in which she claims Maverick Carter and his mom staged a 9-man ambush to jack a $10,000 pendant she claims she bought at a garage sale for $5 back in 2005 thinking it was costume jewelry. Turns out, it was real.

Carter maintains the pendant was stolen from him roughly 3 years ago ... and he had no idea where it went until he saw that Robinson was trying to sell it on eBay.

But in the suit, filed in Ohio, Robinson claims Carter concocted a diabolical plan to lure her into his home, insisting that LeBron would be present to make a deal -- instead, she claims, a horde of 8 or 9 people held her in the house against her will and forced her to give up the bling.

For the record -- Robinson claims LeBron was never at the house.

Now, Robinson wants the pendant back and more than $50k in damages from Carter -- claiming she was robbed, falsely imprisoned and suffered some serious mental anguish. 

Carter has already filed a response -- denying all allegations.




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1.

Alcamedes    

Seems to me there is way more to the story then what is being told now. Something sounds a little off with her claim of buying that at a garage sale.

1377 days ago
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Miva    

I think Vaneisha was telling the truth, but then again check this out there is more about her on her biography here.
http://sports.rightpundits.com/?p=4910 Vaneisha Robinson Lebron James'Pendant Thief? Bio, Photos, Video

1377 days ago
3.

Quinn    

Did Maverick Carter file a police report over his missing $10,000.00 piece of jewelry? Because if there was anything of mine worth 10 grand that was missing, someone is going to hear about it.

1377 days ago
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papprorattist    

If it is a ten large work than it will be ingraved with a number somewhere...it also will be recored in store records.I think it was jacked or given to her but jacking it from her will get you some jail time.

1377 days ago
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MiaB    

Same guy--Carter that made the "Decision" possible. I think this kid has some issues.. bad judgement being the biggest one. They thought they owned Cleveland/Akron--HA! Not so fast. Stay in Miami--they can keep all of you. Go Orlando!

1376 days ago
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puddintang    

This is very reminiscent of the O.J./hotel room fiasco. Look where he is now.

1376 days ago
7.

Robert    

Sounds like he pulled an OJ. Remember TANG isn't just a breakfast drink anymore...

1376 days ago
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RyogaVee    

Seriously, That the same as what happen to OJ, give him 33 years!

1376 days ago
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Silence    

How many of you have bought something at a garage sale for $5.00? How many people then went to get it appraised?

Case closed.

1376 days ago
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Liz    

She better get Gloria (make-it)Alright! And for Silence, Ive purchased stuff for five dollars at garage sales and flea markets. And as far as appraisals, have you ever heard of 'The Antique Roadshow?'

1376 days ago
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TXluvsMJ2    

She should have asked for more than 50k, and if I remember correctly it was only recently AFTER she put it up for auction that she went to get it appraised; although I can't remember what prompted her to do that.

Regardless, I think she has a case, and I hope she gets the 50k and then some. Dude should have just offered to purchase it from her (10k is nothing to him), not use these strong-arm tactics to get it back. I don't care if he says it was his or not possession is 9/10ths of the law. Also, as someone else asked, was it reported stolen? The cop who answered this call made the wrong decision is giving it back to this guy. He should have maintained possession of it until proof was offered...anyone can say it's their pendant.

1376 days ago
12.

Wowzer    

Actually Silence, lots of people buy things at garage sales for cheap only to find out later that it's a gold mine. Just recently someone was in the news for buying a piece of art work at a garage sale for $10 or something and come to find out it's a lost piece of work by Picasso. I don't doubt her story. Carter needs to be put in place... I wouldn't mind if that place was jail either. Dude is an idiot!

1376 days ago
13.

b    

Possession is 9/10 of the law. If this truly did belong to Maverick, he should have taken the correct avenues in proving his claim and having it returned. Holding someone hostage and stealing something from them is illegal, no matter what the situation. I can't believe LeBron associates himself with this guy. Actually, wait -- yes, I can.

1376 days ago
14.

ManiacalZebra    

Did Maverick Carter file a police report over his missing $10,000.00 piece of jewelry? Because if there was anything of mine worth 10 grand that was missing, someone is going to hear about it.

Posted at 4:13 AM on Oct 19, 2010 by Quinn


Not only that, but did SHE file a report after it was taken from her, or did she go straight to filing a civil suit? I'm not sure either of them is particularly trustworthy.

1376 days ago
15.

ex IDOL fan    

Whamo is an idiot

1376 days ago
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