Since his release from prison, O.J. Simpson has reportedly been cashing in by signing autographs. Now, Fred Goldman’s lawyer is saying the money should go towards the wrongful death judgment, which is now over $70 million, CBS News reports.
On Tuesday, Goldman’s attorney David Cook asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday to order Simpson to pay money made from autographs to the judgment in the wrongful death of Goldman’s son Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.
Although Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 double-murder of Brown Simpson and Goldman, a civil court jury found him liable for their deaths. Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million. Cook said that Simpson, now 70, hasn’t paid any of it. Over time, the amount of the judgment has only increased.
"Mr. Simpson has sought to subvert this wrongful death judgment by his abject refusal to pay, much less accept personal responsibility," Cook stated in court documents.
Simpson’s lawyer Ronald Slates rebutted Cook’s statement and wrote that he and his client have "attempted to drag Mr. Simpson into court every time they hear a rumor, see something on television, or read in an internet news posting, a mere vague allegation involving Mr. Simpson's commercial exploitation of himself.”
The judge sided with Simpson’s lawyers and denied Goldman’s bid for financial restitution, according to the New York Daily News.
Simpson held an autograph session after his release from prison last fall to pay legal fees, which his lawyers admit. However, they said he doesn’t have interest in signing more memorabilia. The judge said that Goldman couldn’t prove that Simpson profited from the autographs.
Goldman currently has control over the memorabilia that Simpson was allegedly trying to steal back dealers inside a Las Vegas hotel room in 2008. He spent nine years behind bars for an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction stemming from that incident.
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