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Shaquille O'Neal's $400 Million Was in Jeopardy Because of Ex-girlfriend

By: Vivek Nair Image credit: NBA and Twitter

Lakers Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has had a very successful career in the NBA, and currently O'Neal has a net worth of $400 million through his NBA salary and other endorsements.

Athletes frequently find themselves in legal difficulties as their popularity and wealth grow. O'Neal was involved in a similar incident back in 2010.

In 2010, O'Neal's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez filed a lawsuit against him, claiming she was his mistress for 5 years and that he harassed her following their breakup.

The lawsuit also claimed that O'Neal had launched a campaign to harass her and make her fear for her safety and had paid hackers to access her emails and private communications.

O'Neal rejected all her allegations, and later on it was proved that he was innocent. The case was dismissed by a Florida judge due to a lack of evidence and false accusations.

"[Lopez] lied often. She lied about facts important to the defense, and she demonstrated an utter disrespect for the system of justice," stated the judge.

Miss Lopez previously had issues with NBA player Kenyon Martin, who accused her of stealing his credit card without his consent.

Although it's unclear how long O'Neal and Vanessa dated, if he had been found guilty, he would have had to pay millions in fines. Thankfully, O'Neal did not get framed by the fake allegations.

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