A settlement reached between OJ Simpson and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas must go to the family of Ron Goldman, the man who was murdered with Simpson’s ex-wife in Los Angeles in 1994, local media reported, citing court documents.
Simpson settled a libel lawsuit with the casino and luxury hotel in April. The former NFL star had taken legal action against the hotel, claiming his reputation was damaged following his removal from the property following an alleged incident of drunkenness at a bar in hotel in November 2017.
Hotel staff told TMZ Sports that Simpson got angry with the employees and the incident resulted in broken glass. Simpson would file a complaint in 2019 alleging that hotel workers defamed him.
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The hotel had argued that the Football Hall of Fame could not be defamed because its reputation had already been tarnished by the infamous criminal and civil trials in the 1994 death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and of his friend Ron Goldman as well as Simpson’s imprisonment in Nevada for an armed robbery case in 2007.
Simpson was found responsible for their deaths and ordered to pay more than $ 33 million in damages to the families of the victims. That judgment was later raised to more than $ 55 million – of which only about $ 133,000 was paid, according to a Nevada court file obtained by KTNV, the ABC-affiliated television channel in Las Vegas.
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The settlement was reached between Simpson and The Cosmopolitan, but according to this court record it was “attributed” to Goldman’s family and ordered “immediately turned over to Goldman’s attorney, Larson A. Welsh, Esq”, earlier this month, KLAS, the CBS affiliate television station in the locality known as “Sin City”. reported.
Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, denied the information, saying the settlement between Simpson and the hotel has been resolved.
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Simpson lived in a Las Vegas golf community after serving nine years in a Nevada jail for leading five men to recover memorabilia from two collectibles dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room . His parole is due to end in 2022.
Just as the pandemic struck in April 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Blackstone group was “exploring a sale of the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino.” The investment firm bought the property in 2014 for $ 1.7 billion.