*With O.J. Simpson giving his full blessing from prison, a judge approved plans to donate the suit he wore when he was acquitted of murder to the Smithsonian Institution. But the museum has yet to be contacted to see if they even want the outfit.
If rejected, the suit, shirt and tie Simpson was wearing Oct. 3, 1995, when he was acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, will be offered to another museum or institution of higher learning, according to the agreement approved by Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman.
The deal comes after a 13-year legal battle between Simpson’s former sports agent Mike Gilbert and Fred Goldman, the father of the man Simpson was accused of killing in 1994. According to the Associated Press, both men claimed the right to suit. It was Gilbert’s idea, however, to donate the clothing to a museum.
“It’s part of American history,” Gilbert told the AP outside court. “People should be able to see it and reflect on what went so wrong for someone who had everything.”
Simpson, 62, is serving a minimum nine-year prison sentence in Las Vegas on robbery and kidnapping charges after a botched heist to retrieve his memorabilia he said was stolen by dealers. He told the judge and lawyers by phone that he approved of donating the suit “as long as no one made a profit from it,” his attorney Ronald P. Slates said.
The donation will be made in the name of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.