O.J. Simpson smiles during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17, 2013 in Las Vegas
*The Florida property O.J. Simpson called home for almost a decade prior to being sent to prison in Nevada is going up for auction.
Two years after JP Morgan Chase filed to foreclose on the house, a Miami-Dade County judge has signed off on a motion for summary judgment, reports Gossip Extra.
The bank will take possession of the home on Tuesday and set Oct. 29 as the auction date.
Simpson remains behind bars on armed robbery and kidnapping charges following a botched attempt in 2007 to get back some of his sports memorabilia from collectors whom he met with in a Vegas hotel room.
After being acquitted on criminal murder charges in 1997, Simpson was found liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. A Los Angeles judge ordered him to pay his victims’ families $25 million.
He moved to Florida and bought a new home there because the Sunshine State’s laws protected a primary residence from being seized to pay off a civil judgment.
Simpson was recently granted parole on some of the charges for which he’s in prison. He may be granted parole on the remaining charges in 18 months.
The former queen of daytime television asked for an interview with the incarcerated former football star, but he said no way Jose because he blames her for his lock up.
Norman Pardo, the promoter and manager, who worked with Simpson till 2008, told the NY Daily News that Winfrey’s network wants Simpson “to go on her show and confess” to the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was tried and acquitted of two counts of murder in 1995.
Pardo says Simpson doesn’t like Oprah and explained that she never let someone like him (Pardo) come on her show to talk about the scenario.
Pardo contends that Oprah has been “one-sided,” bringing only people who would talk about “how bad [Simpson] was” on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
He claims that Oprah wants Simpson to go on the show and confess to “something he doesn’t really believe he did.”
But Pardo says that Oprah could be his ticket to freedom, saying if she can get him out of jail, he’ll confess. But he knows that’ll never happen.
We’ll refrain from responding to Pardo’s “something he doesn’t really believe he did” and “if she can get him out of jail, he’ll confess” comments. No, we’ll just leave them alone.
*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.