The big man’s former mistress, Vanessa Lopez, is planning to ask the Lakers guard what advice O’Neal gave to him when he was being investigated for allegedly raping a woman in Colorado.
Lopez claims the retired NBA player started to harass her after she told her former fling that she was pregnant with his child. Allegedly she had broken off their relationship because he accused Lopez of cheating – though she was his mistress.
While Bryant was under investigation, he reportedly told cops that O’Neal would pay up to $1 million in hush money to different women. O’Neal denied the claim at the time and the rape charge against Bryant was eventually dropped.
Lopez wants to know about the supposed hush money in an effort to prove O’Neal will go to extremes to sleep around without blowing his cover.
In the meantime, the mistress says she lives her life in fear since being threatened by O’Neal and his sister.
“I live every day fearing for my safety. I now have extreme anxiety because of Shaquille O’Neal’s campaign to intimidate and silence me. Since the incidents began I have been plagued by anxiety and depression for which I have taken medication.”
The trial is set to begin March 25.