Major ruling in case involving Shaq sex tape

Major ruling in case involving Shaq sex tape
August 9, 2011, 7:28 pm
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From Comcast SportsNet 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.