Shaquille O'Neal Refutes Claims in Shawn Darling's Lawsuit
According to O'Neal's representatives, Darling had previously tried to extort the Celtics center for $12 million by threatening to expose his personal communications and e-mails.
"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."
O'Neal's attorney Benjamine Reid called the claims against his client a "complete and utter fabrication," in the Boston Herald article. Reid accused Darling of copying personal information from O'Neal's computer without his permission as well.
In the lawsuit, Darling claims that he worked for O'Neal -- and O'Neal's wife, Shaunie, as well as his "associates" and children -- from late 2007 until November 2009, and during that time, Shaq had him "wipe" his 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.