The O.J. Simpson book debacle has undergone some new developments. At first, there was outrage over the book that O.J. wrote regarding his wife and Ron Goldman’s murders. Now if it comes out, you can buy it without giving the NFL star a dime.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg announced on Tuesday the decision to keep O.J. Simpson from collecting funds for a canceled book deal and TV interview, also ordering the book rights to be auctioned.
The more than controversial concept and title to his book ''If I Did It,'' in which O.J. was to detail how he might have killed his ex-wife and Ron Goldman, was subject to immense amounts of public discourse. As a result, the book and TV interview were never released.
“The proceeds from the auction and any subsequent book profits will be turned over to Goldman's family, which has been trying to collect a $33.5-million civil judgment from Simpson in a wrongful death lawsuit. With interest, the judgment is estimated at $38 million.”
''This is a guarantee that if they ever publish this thing, Mr. Simpson won't see a dime from it,'' said the Goldman family attorney.
“News Corp. has said it paid $880,000 for the publishing rights, which expire in May. HarperCollins, a division of News Corp., struck the book deal with Lorraine Brooke Associates, a Florida-based company. Rosenberg also ruled the rights of Lorraine Brooke Associates will be included in the auction, which will be held by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department since HarperCollins' California offices are located there.”
So the Simpson story might still get aired. It just depends on how willing one is to spend on a story of murder and betrayal.