Update: Excerpts from Monday's preliminary hearing for the gang members accused of kidnapping, robbery, assault and conspiracy has surfaced. Robert testified that at one point he had a tape from his home security system of Shaq having sex with a woman, but it had been recorded over. Asked by a prosecutor if he really had such a video at the time of the attack, Ross replied, “It was over. It was gone.”
"He was at my house with some girl and it was on tape," Ross said.Wow! It's only a matter of time now before someone starts talking and Shaq gets implicated in the kidnapping plot.
"So did you really have a video of Shaq or had it already been recorded over?" Deputy Dist. Atty. Chun asked.
"It was over. It was gone," Ross responded.
Ross testified that O'Neal's name was brought up early on in the kidnapping by the second-in-command of the gang. Ross testified that James Harbin, a.k.a. "Wood," told him that the gang members had an AK-47, and ordered him to drive to the gang's leader's home in Southeast Los Angeles.
"And [Harbin] said he needed you to -- you needed to clear up some kind of issue?" Chun asked.
"Yes," Ross replied.
"With who?" the prosecutor asked.
"With Mark and Shaq," Ross said.
"And did defendant Harbin -- 'Wood' -- tell you what would happen to you if you didn't go?" Chun asked.
"He said, 'If we wanted to kill you, we can. You know how we get down,' " Ross said.
After he drove to the home of the gang's alleged shot-caller, Ladell Rowles, Ross said Rowles demanded the tape and cash while he and other gang members beat Ross.
Rowles "said Shaq and Mark know who the real boss is now and he asked me for the tape that I lied and said I had," Ross testified.
Ross' testimony was videotaped at the request of the prosecutor, who told the judge that given the nature of the gang, he feared for Ross' life. The proceedings were interrupted when Ross said someone in the audience appeared to mouth to him "You are dead." The judge ordered deputies to remove the man from the courtroom and question him.
Update 2: Shaunie's talking. She told the folks over at TMZ that Robert is a "liar" and they never hooked up. She also says he offered to sell her the tape, but she turned him down because she wasn't interested.
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