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Shaquille O'Neal Sued for Computer Hacking, Destruction of Evidence

Sep 15, 2010 – 9:43 AM
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Will Brinson

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Shaquille O'Neal is being sued in Dade County, Florida, by a former employee of his, Shawn Darling.

This type of thing (people suing rich, famous people) happens every single day. But the details of Shaq's lawsuit aren't your average, every day civil complaint from an ex-employee.

Radar Online reports that Darling is suing Shaq for some pretty heavy stuff: computer hacking and destruction of evidence. (A PDF of the public document is here.)

Darling claims that he worked for O'Neal -- and O'Neal's wife, Shaunie, as well as his "associates" and children as well -- from late 2007 until November 2009, and that during that time, Shaq had him "wipe" Shaq's computers and delete the information in his "AOL" account in relation to other legal issues.

Darling also claims that Shaq conspired with former members of law enforcement to help plant child pornography on Darling's computer, that Shaq tried to break into Darling's voicemail account, that Shaq destroyed evidence by throwing a personal computer into a lake and that there's proof of many extramarital affairs on various forms of electronic correspondence owned by O'Neal.

It's quite the nasty little lawsuit and it's not the type of thing that O'Neal probably wants to deal with.

UPDATE: Shaq has responded to the lawsuit through his representatives, accusing Darling of being an "ex-con" who previously tried to extort O'Neal for $12 million. "Mr. O'Neal has made it crystal clear that he will never respond to these outrageous tactics," Shaq's representatives said in a statement. "As a result, Darling filed a lawsuit which seeks only to embarrass, harass and extract money from Mr. O'Neal."
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