Exclusive Documents: Shaq v. Shaunie Court Battle
Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal are at odds over Shaunie’s new reality show, and HipHollywood has obtained EXCLUSIVE court documents explaining it all.
This morning, the Basketball Wives Executive Producer went to court to have a judge grant her permission to have her four children, with Shaq, on her new reality show, tentatively called “The Shaunie Project.” The VH1 show, which is slated to start production in January, will focus on her personal life and her kids.
Unfortunately, Shaq has refused to sign consent forms to have their four children on the show. The former NBA star believes the show will hurt his kids and show them as a dysfunctional family. Sources close to Shaunie tell us she wants to do the show to “finally show what her life is like as a single mom, and inspire other women struggling to raise their children and balance a career.”
According to the court docs, Shaunie believes Shaq doesn’t want to do the show because it will tarnish his image as a father and show that he is barely around his kids. Shaunie says that the children spend the summer with O’Neal but that he has attended “maybe one of our children’s birthday events this year.” What’s more, Shaunie says Shaq has missed 4 graduation events this year and in the past four years has attended “maybe four sporting events” that the kids are involved in.
Shaunie also writes in her declaration that Shaq was offered an Executive Producer credit on the show, and the opportunity to view the episodes before they aired to ensure that the show portrayed his children to his liking. Producers close to the show tell us Shaq agreed to sign the consent forms, but renigged only after VH1 wouldn’t agree to paying him $1 million for his participation.
Shaq is currently being represented by Laura Wasser. He and Shaunie are expected to be back in court January 28, 2014.