Judge rejects Simpson book lawsuit
EmptyA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against O.J. Simpson over an advance the ex-football star was paid for his scuttled book about the murders of his ex-wife and her friend.
But the father of murder victim Ron Goldman intends to pursue his case in state court.
U.S. District Judge Manuel Real ruled on Thursday that he had no jurisdiction in the dispute between Fred Goldman and Simpson over the reported $1 million advance he was paid for the controversial book "If I Did It," court papers show.
"While disappointed, the Goldman legal team still seeks to recover these funds, and the state courthouse still has an open door," Goldman attorney David Cook said.
Goldman sued Simpson in December over the advance for "If I Did It," in which he muses about how he could have killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
A public furor over the book prompted News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch to scrap the book and an accompanying Fox television special in November.
Simpson, who parlayed his fame as an athlete into a career as an actor and television pitchman, was acquitted of the June 12, 1994 murders.
A civil jury found him liable for the deaths in 1997 and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to the murder victims families. Little of that judgment has been collected and Simpson has vowed to never voluntarily pay.
He claims to have already spent the money he was paid for "If I Did It."
Goldman's lawyers have asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to order that the money Simpson was paid for "If I Did It" be used to partially satisfy the 1997 judgment.
In January, the judge, acting on a request by Goldman's lawyers, issued a limited restraining order prohibiting Simpson from spending royalties or otherwise moving around funds from any past deals, including media, books and magazines, until a hearing in February.
That order does not apply to the advance for "If I Did It."
The Simpson book deal and television interview were brokered by maverick publisher Judith Regan, who was fired from her HarperCollins imprint, ReganBooks, about a month later.