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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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46.

SantaFeJack    

You've got Shaq on camera having sex, and you let it get taped over!?! Sure! I have to admit I wonder if Shaq's junk is proportional. Ouch!

1166 days ago
47.

Sloane    

f Shaunie had the tapes she could have cleaned up even better financially in the divorce probably

he would have paid to have them destroyed- the lie of his image is important to him so that people continue to worship him

thinking the "victim" here will sue Shaq in civil court where he may only need to prove that Shaq
"instigated" it all by telling his gang buddies about Ross and the tapes

so Shaq didn't necessarily have to order them to get Ross
Shaq should have/would have known that the mentality of these men was such that they would automatically go after someone that "dissed" their homie!!

civil court doesn't take require the same "beyond a shadow of a doubt" burden of proof like a criminal court does

so Ross needs to consult a lawyer
if these guys are convicted in a criminal court
it makes his civil suit much easier to win

any lawyers out there to tell me if my thinking is correct -or am I way off base here??

1166 days ago
48.

Sloane    

if Shaunie had the tapes she could have cleaned up even better financially in the divorce probably

he would have paid to have them destroyed- the lie of his image is important to him so that people continue to worship him

thinking the "victim" here will sue Shaq in civil court where he may only need to prove that Shaq
"instigated" it all by telling his gang buddies about Ross and the tapes

so Shaq didn't necessarily have to order them to get Ross
Shaq should have/would have known that the mentality of these men was such that they would automatically go after someone that "dissed" their homie!!

civil court doesn't take require the same "beyond a shadow of a doubt" burden of proof like a criminal court does

so Ross needs to consult a lawyer
it makes his civil suit easier

1166 days ago
49.

Keirie420    

Are they holding hands in this new picture?

1166 days ago
50.

Larry    

Just goes to show...You can take the thug out of the ghetto, but you cna't take the ghetto out of the thug!!! Send him to jail!!!

1166 days ago
51.

Carl    

Who cares about the tape. I'm more concerned that Shaq makes a big deal about being a part time cop, yet he is friends with a known gang memer.

1166 days ago
52.

Hun    

OJ round #2.

1166 days ago
53.

QBOL    

Glad to see Shaq is surrounding himself with super quality people!!

1166 days ago
54.

Sandra     

Sounds like this could be messy!!

1166 days ago
55.

Mick Jagger    

Shaq ia a jackass. Cheating on your wife is one thing and no one should use sex tapes to get even but why did Shaq have to screw the guy out of his 50% for bringing new artists? Typical and everyone loses instead of wins when they get greedy.

1166 days ago
56.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I thought Shaq was a military brat. Where does the ghetto come into play?

Anyway, the cheating thing is no surprise. He is known to be a cheater. I can't even see him caring about a sex tape. His womanizing has not hurt his marketability. Its the guys that pretend to be squeaky clean that get caught up in scandal.

1166 days ago
57.

Hanging to da lef    

Whatta Bitch! Shaq raised her kids from a prior relationship, gave them a great life and this is what she gives him?... All you young guys out there better think twice before getting together with baby momma's.....

1166 days ago
58.

MoonDust    

I just don't find this story interesting, and I don't want to see Shaq's weiner either.

1166 days ago
59.

trudat    

This story is missing so much information its a tragedy. It fails to mention Ross IS a Mainstreet crip and has been shot by his own gang in the past for his on-going nefarious deeds. The reason this case is only now being dealt with, 4 years after the fact, is because Ross has been in federal prison for armed narcotic violations. Ros*****ched this scheme to extort money from Shaq years ago and has been playing puppet master to the sheriffs department and the District Attorneys office ever since. Shaq may have exercised poor judgement in choosing Ross as a confidant (who then turned around and screwed Shaq's wife), and Ladell Rowles may be a worthless gang member, but no one in this entire story is a more diabolical sociopath than Robert "Stutterbox" Ross.

1166 days ago
60.

MP    

You are judged by the company you keep. I just lost a lot of respect for Mr. O'Neal. He's a thug, just like the rest of them.

1166 days ago
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