A Los Angeles judge Tuesday ordered that residuals earned by O.J. Simpson for his past film and TV work be paid to the father of homicide victim Ron Goldman to help satisfy a $33.5 million judgment.
But Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg held off, at least for now, in ordering Simpson to turn over the reported $1 million advance for his aborted book “If I Did It,” saying that he could not authenticate a copy of Simpson’s contract with the publisher.
Simpson, a former star athlete turned actor and TV pitchman, was acquitted of the June 12, 1994, killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but a civil court jury found him liable for their deaths and ordered him to pay the $33.5 million in damages.
Simpson has paid little of that judgment but in recent months lawyers for Goldman have aggressively pursued his film and TV earnings as well as the money from “If I Did It.”
Plans to bring out “If I Did It” and an accompanying TV interview were both canceled by News Corp. media tycoon Rupert Murdoch after a torrent of public outrage.
Publisher Judith Regan, who brokered the book deal and conducted the interview, was fired from her HarperCollins imprint, ReganBooks, about a month later.