7 face trial in beating; victim also links O’Neal



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of a street gang are facing charges in court this week in the 2008 beating of a man who claimed he had a sex tape of Shaquille O’Neal and that the former NBA star was behind the attack.

But The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday, citing sheriff department records, that O’Neal denied any involvement and has not been charged. Also, O’Neal is not named in a criminal complaint.

Robert Ross reported being beaten in 2008 but details of the case only became public this week in court where seven members of the Main Street Crips face kidnapping, robbery, assault charges.

The Times reported that Ross told investigators in 2008 that he believed O’Neal was behind the attack because of a business deal gone bad and because O’Neal believed he had the sex tape. Ross later told police he was “bluffing” about the tape.

Attorney Nicholas Tonsich, who represented O’Neal, did not respond to an Associated Press call for comment.