Simpson Ordered Pay Royalties To Goldman Family
LATEST: A Los Angeles judge has ordered OJ Simpson to pay any income he received from past work, including movies, television and commercials, directly to the family of murder victim RON GOLDMAN.
Superior Court Judge GERALD ROSENBERG made his ruling on the royalties yesterday (20FEB07), but rejected the family's bid to collect Simpson's earnings on future projects.
The former US football star was acquitted in October 2005 of murder charges in the 12 June 1994 slayings of his ex-wife NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON and Goldman.
A civil court later held him liable for the murders in a wrongful death lawsuit and ordered him to pay $35.5 million (GBP18 million), which has largely remained unpaid.
Simpson's attorney, YALE GALANTER, claims royalties Simpson received from past work on films such as the Naked Gun movies amount to almost nothing.
He explains, "Last year Simpson's royalty checks from all of his movies were less than 39 cents. They got kicked to the curb again. Every door they're banging on gets slammed."
Goldman's attorney, DAVID J COOK, insists the ruling on past royalties was a step in the right direction, adding, "We presume there is money and we're not going to take their word for it."
The judge deferred ruling on a third request by the Goldmans to collect any advance money Simpson may have received for the book and TV show IF I DID IT, in which Simpson explains how he might have committed the murders. The book was abandoned after a public backlash and Simpson claims he has already spent the advance he received for the project.
A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for 13 March (07).