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Simpson to pay earnings to Goldmans

August 08, 2007|From the Associated Press

O.J. Simpson must pay the family of murder victim Ronald Lyle Goldman any money he earns from a video game featuring his likeness to satisfy a $38-million wrongful death judgment, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

The game, "All-Pro Football 2K8," features Simpson's likeness playing as one of 240 former football greats. The judge ordered any funds be turned over to Goldman's father, Fred.

Simpson has maintained his innocence in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson, who now lives in Miami, was acquitted of murder in 1995 but lost wrongful death civil lawsuits to both families.

Simpson owes Goldman's family $38 million as part of that lawsuit. Goldman estate attorney David Cook welcomed the court order and accused Simpson of profiting from his public persona.

Calls to Simpson's attorney were not returned Tuesday.

The judge also ordered Simpson to turn over all correspondence, documents and contracts with the video game's publisher, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., to the Goldman family. The court's order did not detail how much money Simpson might have earned from the deal.

Last week, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the Goldmans rights to Simpson's book "If I Did It." It was never released because of public outrage.

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