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Shaquille O'Neal Sued For Computer Hacking

Basketball star alleged to have planted child pornography on former assistant's PC.

A Florida man who worked as a personal assistant to Shaquille O'Neal claims the NBA superstar tried to frame him by planting child pornography on his computer after a falling out.

In papers filed in Florida state court in Miami, Shawn Darling claims O'Neal hacked his computer as part of a revenge plot after Darling exposed affairs O'Neal was supposedly having with several women, including rapper Alexis Miller, who goes by the stage name MaryJane, and model Dominica Westling.

Darling is suing O'Neal, who last month signed a $3 million deal to play for the Boston Celtics, for making "repeated attempts to frame Darling of amongst other things possession of child pornography," Darling states in court papers.

Darling also claims O'Neal, who has played previously for the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Cleveland Cavaliers, caused him emotional distress.

"By sending e-mails and by making phone calls to his agents and others, O'Neal engaged in a scheme to place Darling in grave danger and to deprive him of property," Darling states.

"O'Neal knowingly obtained or used, or endeavored to obtain or to use, the property of Darling with the intent to, either temporarily or permanently deprive Darling of a right to his property and his communications, or a benefit from the property or appropriate the property to his own use or to the us [sic] of any person not entitles [sic] to the use of the property," Darling claims in the rambling, at times almost incoherent, 15-page complaint.

Darling is seeking unspecified damages and has asked the court to order a jury trial. O'Neal's agent, Perry Rogers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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