Judge sends proceeds to civil judgment
A Los Angeles judge has ordered that rights to O.J. Simpson’s unpublished book “If I Did It” be auctioned to the public and that any proceeds be used to satisfy the civil judgment against Simpson.
Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg made the rulings Tuesday, four months after News Corp. topper Rupert Murdoch ditched plans for the book and TV interviews about how Simpson could have carried out the 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles.
Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, had sought the rulings as a way to prevent the former NFL star from benefiting from the book and TV deals.
Simpson was found innocent in 1995 of the double murder, but later found liable for the deaths in civil court and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the Brown and Goldman families.
Murdoch abruptly canceled both the book and the show on Nov. 20 after News Corp. was blistered by days of criticism over “If I Did It.”