O'Neal obtained a protective order against Lopez on March 20, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
According to a court document obtained exclusively by Radar -- an Order On Defendant's Emergency Motion For Protective Order Or In The Alternative Temporary Injunction -- the judge ruled "Defendant's motion for protective order is hereby GRANTED.
"The parties are prohibited from disclosing the deposition transcripts in this matter, until further hearing and order of this court.
"Vanessa's deposition is explosive," a source close to the case tells us exclusively as to why Shaq’s legal team went for the protective order.
As Radar also exclusively reported, in January, Lopez filed a request to add punitive damages to her lawsuit, which accuses O'Neal of racketeering, invasion of privacy, and intentional inflection of emotional distress.
Lopez claims that the alleged harassment began when she told Shaq she thought she was pregnant and then broke off the relationship after he accused her of having sex with other men.
The marathon litigation has been going on since 2010.
"Vanessa is going to stand up for herself and her rights. She is not scared," the source adds. "Vanessa wants the truth to come out. Her deposition reveals very intimate disturbing things Shaq like to do. The world would be shocked!"