Investigators have dropped a battery complaint against Shaquille O'Neal because his accuser hasn't returned their phone calls, sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.
Kim Grant, a 23-year-old Walt Disney World worker, filed the complaint against the Los Angeles Lakers star last month. She accused O'Neal of grabbing her neck outside Disney's Pleasure Island nightclubs after she tried to end a conversation with him. She wasn't injured.
Investigators tried at least six times to get in touch with Grant by telephone and a letter, said Cmdr. Steve Jones, a spokesman for the Orange County sheriff's office. Her telephone service apparently was shut off.
The case can be reopened if Ms. Grant contacts investigators. "For now, the case is closed," Jones said.
Last month, O'Neil's agent, Leonard Armato, dismissed the accusations as "completely false and without factual support." He didn't return a telephone call for comment Tuesday.
O'Neal, who used to play for the Orlando Magic, owns a home in Isleworth, a gated community outside Orlando.
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