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Shaq In Middle of Kidnapping, Robbery, Sex Tape Case

6/14/2011 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shaquille O'Neal is embroiled in a criminal case in which 7 gang members allegedly kidnapped, beat up and robbed a man who claimed to have a tape showing Shaq having sex with other women while he was married to Shaunie.

Shaquille O'Neal
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Ladell Rowles -- a member of the Main Street Mafia Crip Gang in L.A. who is friends with Shaq -- along with 6 other members went on a search and destroy mission in L.A. on February 11, 2008.  They believed a man named Robert Ross had the sex tape and they tried getting it back with the help of a gun or two.

According to the police report, the 7 gang members met up with Ross at a convenience store -- Pink Dot -- on the Sunset Strip.  The men allegedly surrounded Ross' Rolls Royce Phantom with guns drawn, jumped into Ross' car and ordered him to drive to Rowles' house in South Central L.A.

Once there, Rowles allegedly pistol whipped Ross and demanded that he turn over the sex tape.  Ross said he would get the tape and bring it back to them.  The 7 men then allegedly took Ross' Rolex, diamond chain and earrings, along with $15,000 in cash -- then let Ross go.

The 7 men have been arrested and charged with robbery, kidnapping and other crimes. They are currently in the middle of a preliminary hearing and being held in jail.

We've learned LAPD detectives interviewed Shaq to determine what, if any, involvement he had in the alleged crimes.  When the case file went to the D.A. Shaq was not listed as a suspect.

Now here's the interesting backstory.

Ross has a history with Shaq.  Shaq and his business manager, Mark Stevens, have a record label and allegedly told Ross they would give him a 50% cut in any artists he brought to them.  Ross claims he delivered Ray J to Shaq but got cut out of the deal. 

Ross told cops after his falling out, he threatened Shaq by telling him about the sex tape, threatening to release it unless Shaq paid up. 

As for the tape, Ross claims Shaq brought women to Ross' home and had sex with them while he was married to Shaunie.   Ross told Shaq a "security camera" captured the action and it was all on tape.  But Ross told cops the security camera recycles periodically and the video no longer exists.

And there's another twist.  Around the time Shaq and Ross had their falling out, Shaunie separated from Shaq and Ross claims he began having an affair with her.  Ross claims Shaq hired a private investigator to tail Shaunie and the P.I. caught the two together.

0614_shaunie_launchWe put a call in to Shaq's rep ... so far, no response.

Worth noting -- Shaunie was out in L.A. recently, and had a few sage words of advice for her recently retired ex-husband.

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1.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

Wow

1140 days ago
2.

gossipgirl86    

What a hot mess!

1140 days ago
3.

Kennedy    

Wait, what??

1140 days ago
4.

LISANTJ2806    

shame,shame,shame

1140 days ago
5.

stu    

this is y he left basket ball/boston.
he go'n to jail.

1140 days ago
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Tammy    

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we screw women who are not our wife in the video-camered house of a business associate we later screw over and have a falling out with. OMG!!! LMAO!!!

1140 days ago
7.

aquanet    

I'm going to make some popcorn right now. This is getting good!

1140 days ago
8.

glittzz    

I aint saying nothing! This is a Mess!!!

1140 days ago
9.

Jackie    

Whatever...He's retired. dumbazz

1140 days ago
10.

Jackie22    

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1140 days ago
11.

Courtney    

Shaq sex tape - my poor eyes!

1140 days ago
12.

gd45    

This is gonna be better the Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan combined.... gangsters, guns,kidnappings, sex tapes, expensive cars, and Shaq.... bet this is already being turned into a scrpit as we type.

1140 days ago
13.

brenda    

Seriously, who would want to see Shaq's ass bouncing up and down on some poor girl or any girl for that matter?

An ice pick to the eyes wouldn't cure that ailment.

1140 days ago
14.

Tammy    

@gd45 - Don't forget about the pistol-whipping!! They cannot forget to include the pistol-whipping in that script!!

1140 days ago
15.

Kiki    

So Tammy, does this mean you're OK with Shaq having friends in gangs?

1140 days ago
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