Charges dropped in alleged kidnapping over Shaq
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County prosecutors have dropped the case against seven gang members accused of kidnapping a music producer who claimed to have a sex tape of Shaquille O'Neal.
At the prosecution's request, a judge Tuesday dismissed kidnapping, assault and robbery charges.
District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says prosecutors believed Robert Ross was attacked but his credibility as a witness was undermined by some of his own testimony and behavior outside court. No details were provided.
Mark Overland, Ross's attorney in a lawsuit against O'Neal, says he has confidence in Ross's credibility.
Ross testified that in 2008, following a business dispute, he falsely told O'Neal he had a sex tape. Ross claims that two weeks later he was attacked by gang members who mentioned O'Neal.
O'Neal denied involvement and wasn't charged.