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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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61.

ghfghfg    

The moral of this story is, don't **** with rich people with connections and reputations

1198 days ago
62.

Cujeaux    

Sounds like a SHAQATTACK!

1198 days ago
63.

Sole    

lies, all lies. Shaq is not like that

1198 days ago
64.

Pat    

That picture of the two of them holding hands looks like it could be a cover on a porno tape!

1198 days ago
65.

Areader    

Wow....kinda has an OJ ring to it!

1198 days ago
66.

TONY    

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.

1198 days ago
67.

Josh    

thats what he gets for not signing a basketball for me when i was a kid

1197 days ago
68.

karlew    

Nice engagement pic. I'm sure Ross and Shaq will be very happy together

1197 days ago
69.

karri    

Wow.. very saddened. Shaq, so disappointed in you!! Those NO good friends of yours cause harm to thousands of your own people!! Shame on you!! I'm disgusted! And if it comes out that you have anything to do with this "friendly gesture" I hope that you go to prison for a long time!

1197 days ago
70.

magnolia    

Down-low, much?

1197 days ago
71.

eddie     


There is always 2 sides to every STORY!!

So stay Open at the Top!

1197 days ago
72.

royalredus    

That's a beautiful photo of Shaq and his lesbian lover. Here's to a long and happy relationship...

1197 days ago
73.

movonup    

The NBA is so Ghetto! Ever try watching Basketball Wives? These are very nasty ppl. It's amazing there isn't more reports of STD's. They're always f-ing somebody's hubby or wife. Thank God they are not "Roll Models".

1197 days ago
74.

Lu    

This is an interesting story, interesting to see how it all plays out. But what's even more interesting is some of the comments. Nice ugly racist comments (@chicagoNick) Really?

1197 days ago
75.

Mikki    

The gangs,guns and infidelity aside, what is up with the bromance picture of Ross & Shaq??? Looks like a gay wedding photo.

1197 days ago
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