OJ Simpson avoids effort to chase down his memorabilia money
SANTA MONICA (AP) — O.J. Simpson dodged an effort Tuesday to force him to turn over cash he pockets from signing autographs to satisfy a $70 million-plus civil judgment for the 1994 killings of the former football star’s exwife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The ruling in Los Angeles County Superior Court was the latest setback in the dogged efforts by Goldman’s father, Fred, to get Simpson to pay up for a wrongful death lawsuit verdict that has doubled with interest over two decades.
Judge Gerald Rosenberg told attorney David Cook that he needs to identify who paid Simpson in order to go after proceeds from autograph signings and celebrity appearances.
Simpson was paid to sign jerseys, helmets and posters from “The People v. O.J. Simpson” TV series in October, shortly after his release from a Nevada prison, Cook said. Simpson’s lawyers said the money went to pay his legal bills.
Simpson, 70, served nine years for armed robbery and assault for leading five men, two with guns, into a Las Vegas casino hotel in September 2007 in an ill-conceived effort to confront two sports collectibles dealers over what he claimed was his property.