In 2010, news hit that a model named Vanessa Lopez, had come forward alleging that she was an ex-girlfriend/mistress of former NBA baller, Shaquille O’Neal. Vanessa, who had been dating Shaq while he was married to Shaunie O’Neal, had claimed that after she told Shaq that she was pregnant, he began harassing her.
Vanessa secured famed attorney Gloria Allred and held a press conference confirming these allegations. Fast forward to the present day and a trial date is set to be scheduled for her lawsuit (she’s suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault). A source has confirmed with RadarOnline:
“A trial date is very close to being scheduled as settlement talks aren’t getting anywhere…The trial date will likely be set in the next 30 days and the trial could start later this year. Shaq would be forced to take the stand and answer blistering questions from Vanessa’s lawyers, Gloria Allred and Nathan Goldberg. Shaq wants to become the General Manager of the Orlando Magic and a public trial could very much harm his career and his legacy. Lopez’s lawyers feel that there is more than enough evidence to convince a jury of the allegations that she has made against him.”
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