OJ Simpson To Keep Memorabilia Money
OJ Simpson has dodged an effort to force him to turn over cash he pockets from signing autographs to satisfy a $US70 million ($A98 million)-plus civil judgment for the 1994 killings of the former football star's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
The ruling on Tuesday 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 lawyer David Cook that he needs to identify who paid Simpson in order to go after proceeds from autograph signings and celebrity appearances.
Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson
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 collectables dealers over what he claimed was his property.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer was acquitted of two counts of murder in the 1994 slayings of his ex and Ron Goldman, but a civil court jury found him liable for wrongful death and ordered him to pay $US33.5 million.
Fred Goldman (pictured below) has hounded Simpson for years and Cook contends the former football star has never willingly paid a cent of the court order.
"Mr Simpson has stated repeatedly he will never pay Fred Goldman on a voluntary basis," Cook said.
While most of the court award has been unpaid, Fred Goldman has been able to seize some of Simpson's assets, including video game royalties and the rights to the book If I Did It, a ghostwritten account in which Simpson tells how he might have killed his ex-wife and Ron Goldman.