Judge dumps kidnapping case with alleged ties to Shaquille O’Neal

I always felt that this case was a little far fetched. Now maybe, Shaq can enjoy his retirement in peace. Way to go Shaquille.

A judge on Tuesday formally dismissed charges against gang members accused of kidnapping a music producer who claimed to have a sex tape of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.

L.A. Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria took the action after a prosecutor said his office didn't want to proceed with the trial, citing problems with the credibility of the alleged victim. The defense immediate asked for a dismissal.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Hoon Chun said there was “cause for concern” about Robert Ross’ testimony in court as well as conduct outside of court that led to the prosecution’s decision. He declined to give details.

“We do not have the necessary confidence in the credibility of Mr. Ross to proceed in this case,” Chun said, which was met with loud cheers from the audience and a chorus of “motion to dismiss” from seven defense attorneys.

The prosecution’s unusual move marked a surprise twist in the case, which thrust into the spotlight O’Neal’s friendship with Ross, a former gang member, just as the former Laker announced his retirement after 19 years in the NBA. Ross has also filed a civil lawsuit against O’Neal and his business partner Mark Stevens, alleging the two were behind the attack.

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