Lawyers to try to sort out who gets O.J. Simpson's suit
A settlement conference was scheduled Monday over whether the father of the man O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering should get the suit the former football star was wearing the day of his acquittal.
Fred Goldman, the father of Ron Goldman, filed the lawsuit against Simpson and his former agent, Mike Gilbert, who allegedly has possession of the suit. Ron Goldman was killed in 1994 with Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole.
“This is a mandatory settlement to attempt to resolve who owns the suit and who has the right to the suit,” said Ronald Slates, Simpson's lawyer. "Gilbert said Simpson gave him the suit. If you believe that, you also believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.”
In 1997, a civil jury found Simpson liable for the death of his ex-wife and her friend and ordered Simpson to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ relatives. Goldman is still trying to collect that money.
According to Slates, Goldman probably hopes to turn a profit on the clothes of the former sports icon turned social pariah.
“Everything in this case has been led by emotional rather than business decisions,” Slates said. “Nobody has been able to make sense of this for 13 years.”
Simpson, 62, is currently in jail, serving time for a botched robbery in Las Vegas to allegedly retrieve some of his personal sports memorabilia.
-- Ching-Ching Ni
Photo: Simpson, wearing the suit that's now in dispute. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times