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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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31.

mildly insane    

Some one else had a tape no he had
a tape no the tape was written over
my 10 year old nephew comes up with
more believable stories

1196 days ago
32.

CCC    

Damn, those girls won't be hard to find. Just look for the girls who are split in half and walking bow-legged. Old King Kong Dong strikes again.

1196 days ago
33.

teri    

Has always been an ass and will always be an ass. If he would only put some effort in raising his children.

1196 days ago
34.

teri    

If only he would put all that effort in his children.

1196 days ago
35.

teri    

Has always been an ass will always be an ass.

1196 days ago
36.

Chris    

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

1196 days ago
37.

Fed Up    

Ladell might be convicted, but he will not have to serve time; the jails there in CA are too overcrowded. I mean, CA has the three strikes you are out law, but apparently that law only applies to vagrants trying to steal food to live. Those vagrants will be in jail for life, but Ladell, your crimes of kidnapping, extortion, and robbbery,not a big deal; you will be thugging again before you know it. Probably a day or two.Play your cards right and maybe you can do time with a Lohan family member.Just paint **** you on your nails and dress up real purty. Things will work out.

1196 days ago
38.

gimmeshelter    

Shaq's friends w/a gang member? that's as nasty as one can get. what a loser.

1196 days ago
39.

Ih8Taxes    

Is there anyone in CA who hasn't made a sex tape? Geez!

1196 days ago
40.

Keirie420    

Unbelievable, and yet, strangely, TOTALLY believable - this one will be good

1196 days ago
41.

John    

Remember everyone, CELEBRITY. Different birthrights, different rules. Just like with Lindsay and all the other celebrities, he's got nothing to worry about except a scolding at best.

1196 days ago
42.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Well if these charges are true, see how that age old adage keeps proving itself with America's multi multi millionaire African American athletes (affletes in ebonics) and "celebs & musicians (if rapper qualifies) in about 90% of the cases?

You ask "what is that age old adage"?

Well it goes like this: "You can take em out of the ghetto but you can never take the ghetto out of them." Well....Case closed.

1196 days ago
43.

joethaplumber    

So he wanted to get paid for finding Ray J????? smh

1196 days ago
44.

joethaplumber    

WHEN EXTORTION GOES WRONG YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL THE POLICE.

1196 days ago
45.

joethaplumber    

WHAT IS THE "AGE OLD ADAGE" FOR WALL-STREET EXECS AND OIL COMPANY CEO'S THEN??????

1196 days ago
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