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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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86 COMMENTS

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16.

paigehop    

All for the nooky! OMG are these thugs ignorant! When it's found out that Shaq ordered this, he'll get a slap on the risk, when his arse should do hard time! So damn sick of these privileged ones!

1044 days ago
17.

kp    

oh no another sports thug getting caught up with crap- big surprise.

1044 days ago
18.

who cares    

So TMZ is saying that Shaq ordered his street gang buddies to go after this guy and get the tapes? Sounds like a script from OJ Simpson case. Does this mean Shaq has to resign from the voluntary police force?

1044 days ago
19.

dd    

I don't ever want to see the tape but the extortionist deserved to be bitch slapped!

1044 days ago
20.

Jodi    

I don't know why I find this story laughable but for some reason it is. All this happen 3 years ago and we all know Shaq is not going anywhere, so what's the point of putting this story on blast.

1044 days ago
21.

Zachass88    

All you Kobe bitches step back!! Always knew Shaq was better!!

1044 days ago
22.

The Train!    

whether or not Shaq was stepping out on his ex-wife is not important IMO. that marriage is over anyway. to me the important question is whether or not the kidnapping/theft/assualt did in fact happen and whether or not Shaq had any knowledge of it or asked/hired these guys to do it. if not, then Shaq's just a victim of guilt-by-association, which is not fair to him.

innocent until proven guilty.

1044 days ago
23.

Chris    

They took my rings, they took my Rolex, I looked up at the brothers and said, "Damn, what's next?"

1044 days ago
24.

Cooper    

BREAKING NEWS FROM 2008......really TMZ?

1044 days ago
25.

Tammy    

@Kiki - I'm fine with ANYONE being friends with whomever they want.

1044 days ago
26.

brendapie    

This has all the makings of a Lifetime movie.

1044 days ago
27.

Tammy    

@brendapie - I was thinking Spike TV myself.

1044 days ago
28.

D-INCARNATION    

Shaq would look good in stripes.

1044 days ago
29.

Sloane    

shades of OJ Simpson and his gang of thugs going to retrieve his "sport collectibles"

except Shaq was smart enough not to go with them

doubt if they thugs will give Shaq up
but
how else would they know who to grab and what he had

1044 days ago
30.

Mikey    

Where's Kobe?

1044 days ago
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