Former NBA player Shaq has been embroiled in more than one lawsuit stemming from relationships he had while married, as well as from former employees who he supposedly paid to hack into emails and cell phone text messages. The District Attorney did not pursue the case because the witness stopped cooperating.
In , Shaq married now ex-wife Shaunie Nelson and went on to have five children with her before they divorced after 8 years of marriage. Throughout the marriage, Shaq continually cheated on his then wife, and in he began seeing Atlanta-based rapper Alexis Miller, who goes by the stage name MaryJane.
Her claims were not unfounded. Shortly after their relationship went awry, Shaq reportedly hired ex-con and known computer geek, Shawn Darling. He was also reportedly instructed to hack into voicemail, text, and email messages by his former boss, reports MiamiNewTimes. This may seem like a salacious-enough story as it is, but this is hardly the end. In , former mistress and alleged NBA groupie, Vanessa Lopez, filed suit against Shaq claiming racketeering, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Lopez claims the two had a five-year relationship but once she told Shaq she was pregnant, the threats and harassment began. She retained Gloria Allred as her attorney. The lawsuit included statements made by former employee Shawn Darling, who filed his own suit against Shaq around the same time.
Shawn claimed to have over 30 damning emails from Shaq that proved he was hacking into and spoofing the phones and computers of former mistresses. In , Shaq sued his former employee, and Shawn believed Shaq was setting him up to accuse him of engaging in kiddie porn. In early April , Shaq filed a restraining order against his former mistress.
Based on the reasoning she provided, and shared by RadarOnline, it seems as though she felt Lopez was engaging in criminal or fraudulent behavior. In May , Lopez added a request for punitive damages to her claim.
As reported by MediaTakeOut. Now, this is her deposition, so this is not coming from Shaq or a witness, but she was under oath. When asked about whether Shaq had any sexual hang-ups, [Vanessa] said: And he was just a little embarrassed about that.
Looks like the ball is back in your court, Shaq no pun intended. I have a feeling this story is far from over. I hope some screenwriters are making notes because this has all the makings of a blockbuster hit!