Kidnapping Case Against Shaquille O’Neal Dismissed

A California judge threw out the case against Shaquille O’Neal, saying he basically didn’t believe the guy suing Shaq. From the NY Daily News: “A Los Angeles judge has slapped down the bizarre kidnapping case that centered on a non-existent sex tape of basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, sources told the Daily News. The judge formally dismissed charges [Monday morning] against seven known gang members accused of kidnapping and pistol whipping a music producer in early 2008 who purportedly threatened O’Neal with release of compromising footage. ‘We did not have the necessary confidence in the victim Robert Ross to proceed,’ District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison told the Daily News. A law enforcement source said one major red flag was an electronic message Ross allegedly sent to O’Neal’s ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal during the case that warned her it was time to ‘pay up.'”