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Flight Attendant:

Dikembe Mutombo Got Me

BUSTED in the Congo

4/10/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0410-dikembe-mutombo-tmzEx-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo's outrageous caper to score millions in a shady gold deal got a flight attendant arrested for SIX weeks in the Congo ... according to a new lawsuit filed by the woman.

We won't wade too deep into details, but basically Mutombo was allegedly hoping to score $10 million by flipping Congolese gold -- and it all went haywire when wanted warlord Bosco Ntaganda got involved.

According to her suit, flight attendant Kelly Shannon was part of the crew aboard the plane Mutombo chartered to fly his associates and $7 million to pick up the gold ... back in February 2011.

In the docs, Shannon says their departure from the Congo was delayed for 2 days, and when the gold was finally being loaded onto the plane ... armed guards showed up, arrested everyone, and held them at a hotel for the next 42 days.

Mutombo (aka Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo) was never on the flight, but Shannon's lawsuit accuses him of being reckless for sending her and the crew into a situation he knew would be dangerous.

Shannon claims she's suffered severe emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder -- and she's demanding unspecified damages.

By the way, Mutombo reportedly took a HUGE bath on the gold deal ... his money wound up in Ntaganda's hands.

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16.

RudeGal    

Nuh uh uh....not in my house!!!

559 days ago
17.

yahhhh    

Not in my house lol

559 days ago
18.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Mutombo goes to a 3rd world country with 7 million in cash and his gangster 'partner' takes his money without giving him the gold? This was just an elaborate version of the *****ian 419 scam and Dikembe even delivered the money personally. What an idiot! No wonder he had to start doing those stupid commercials.

559 days ago
19.

Ivan in Phoenix    

N i g e r i a n

559 days ago
20.

Cat    

Whats better than watching Dikembe Mutombo blcoking a shot? watching him block a charge and letting someone else take the rap!!!

559 days ago
21.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

his rep certainly has plummeted

559 days ago
22.

Mrugowsky    

Now it doesn't seem so random that he's doing the insurance commercials. He's hard up for beer money.

559 days ago
23.

Tony626    

Haaaahaaaahaaa its always the white man exploiting Africa! Right? Wait wot m8?

559 days ago
24.

Stinkythechimp    

Wasn't Bosco Costanza's ATM code?

559 days ago
25.

Jackie    

I can't stop laughing at this dude. ha ha

559 days ago
26.

Cichlidae    

Ok, so to sum this up. Mutombo sent associates of his, plus cash, to buy gold. At which point the associates and flight crew were, basically, kidnapped for 42 days by known war lord Bosco Ntaganda, and the money was stolen. Sure, she could sue. However, she still agreed to take the job to a known danger/war zone. Mutombo himself did nothing to her.

559 days ago
27.

NOT ELMO    

Dikembe Mutombo

559 days ago
28.

Wolf    

Ya! He is all about helping Africa my ass! A-typical.

559 days ago
29.

Cricket    

I like his Geico commercial. Other than that I cannot think of anything nice to say. He comes across as greedy

559 days ago
30.

lizzie    

Hey, TMZ: There's no such country as "the Congo." You're probably thinking of one of two countries - the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo.

Screwing that up is just plain lazy and stupid!

559 days ago
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