During a press conference held at attorney Gloria Allred’s office on behalf of Vanessa Lopez on Tuesday, Allred revealed that Lopez had told Shaquille O’Neal that she thought she was pregnant with his child.
RadarOnline.com was the first to bring you news of the suspected pregnancy, as well as news of the harassment suit that Lopez is filing against the basketball great.
Allred said, Shaquille O’Neal “wanted to have a child with Ms. Lopez” and “he told her that he wanted to always have her in his life.”
Allred went on to reveal that in September 2009 “Ms. Lopez was late with her period and thought that she might be pregnant. She communicated this to Mr. O’Neal who 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.
“Mr. O’Neal knew that he and Ms. Lopez engaged in unprotected sex and that they had been together numerous times in the preceding months and that she had not been with anyone else during this period of time. She felt that his response was very disrespectful and she was deeply hurt and offended. Though he apologized to her for his reaction she told him that it was over and that she wanted him to leave her alone.”
Allred claims this is when the harassment started.
Lopez, who didn’t take any questions, gave a brief statement, saying, “I was never afraid of Shaquille O’Neal until September 29, 2009. My life has changed so much because of what I have had to endure. I now fear someone is after me. I just want this to be over. I want to feel safe again.”
Allred revealed that the case will be filed today in Florida.
“Ms. Lopez is determined to hold Mr. O’Neal accountable and the final score will be determined by justice,” she said.
Lopez met the NBA superstar when she was just 14 and grew up with his family and friends.
In 2004, she says she met O’Neal again while out at a club and says that he approached her and offered to buy her drinks. When Lopez told him she knew he was married, O’Neal told her he had an open marriage and that his union with wife Shaunie was for public image only. Lopez and O’Neal then began an “intimate” five year affair.