The Orlando model who recently filed a harassment suit against NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is now saying the basketball star harassed and threatened her after she ended their sexual affair.
According to the NY Daily News, Vanessa Lopez, 30, filed suit in Florida, her lawyer Gloria Allred said. In it, she accuses the 7-foot-1 basketball behemoth of barraging her with unwanted calls and telling an associate to “shut dat bitch up” when she threatened to go to his wife if he didn’t stop, Allred said.
“My life has changed so much because of what I had to endure since [September],” Lopez said at a Los Angeles news conference. “I fear that someone is after me.”
Allred said Lopez started dating O’Neal, 37, in 2004. She declined to address police reports linking her client to sexual relationships with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West in 2006 and Orlando Magic star J.J. Redick in 2007.
The police reports, first obtained by TMZ, detail nasty breakups and allegations by Lopez that she was mistreated or harassed.
Allred said Lopez was initially hesitant about dating O’Neal.
“Ms. Lopez knew that he was married, but he told her that he had an open marriage and that he remained married for his image and for his children,” Allred said.
Lopez ended the affair because, she says, she was hurt by O’Neal’s reaction to a possible pregnancy.
“[He] responded by stating that she needed to tell the baby’s father and then went on to state that there was no way that the baby could be his,” Allred said.