O.J. Simpson's acquittal suit could end up at Smithsonian -- if the museum wants it
A settlement has been reached in the long-running dispute over who will have custody of the suit O.J. Simpson was wearing the day of his acquittal in the criminal trial in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Fred Goldman, Ron's father, filed the lawsuit against Simpson and his former agent, Mike Gilbert, who allegedly has possession of the suit.
In 1997, a civil jury found Simpson liable for the two deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ relatives. Fred Goldman is still trying to collect the money.
The settlement could mean the suit goes to Washington, D.C.
According to the Associated Press, Gilbert and Goldman have agreed to donate the suit to the Smithsonian Institution.
It's not entirely clear whether the museum wants the suit.“This is a mandatory settlement to attempt to resolve who owns the suit and who has the right to the suit,” Ronald Slates, Simpson's lawyer, told The Times on Monday morning. He could not immediately be reached for comment this afternoon.
Simpson, 62, is 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 could go to the Smithsonian. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times