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O.J. Simpson estate executor vows to contest $33.5M payout: ‘Goldmans get zero, nothing’

The 1995 acquittal of Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman became widely known as the “trial of the century.”

Simpson was acquitted in the criminal trial, but a California civil jury later awarded Nicole and Goldman’s family $33.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Mr. Simpson died Wednesday without paying the large sum of money from his judgment.

Simpson’s will was filed in Nevada. Malcolm LaVergne, who has represented Simpson for the past 15 years, has been named as the executor of the former NFL running back’s estate. According to court documents, Simpson’s assets were placed in a trust created this year.

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O.J. Simpson sits in open court in Los Angeles Superior Court in 1994. (Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Lavergne told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Simpson’s entire estate has not been tallied. Under Nevada law, if his assets exceed his $20,000, the estate must be filed with the court.

Mr. Simpson’s assets will go through court probate, and the Goldman and Brown families could be in line to receive a portion of what Mr. Simpson leaves behind. Associated Press report.

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But Mr. LaVergne said the Goldmans specifically did not want any money to come from Mr. Simpson’s estate.

“I hope Goldmans gets zero, nothing,” he told the Review-Journal. “They especially do that. As executor or personal representative, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they don’t get anything.”

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O.J. Simpson attends a parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, on July 20, 2017. (Jason Bean Pool/Getty Images)

Mr. Brown and Mr. Goldman’s families have sought payment, but Mr. Lavergne said there was never a court order forcing Mr. Simpson to pay the civil judgment.

Lawyers told the Review-Journal that part of the anger against the Goldmans stems from events surrounding Mr. Simpson’s planned book, “If I Did It.” Goldman’s family gained control of the manuscript and gave the book a new title: “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.”

O.J. Simpson reacts after being granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center

On July 20, 2017, O.J. Simpson reacted when he learned he had been granted parole at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada. (Jason Bean Pool/Getty Images)

Goldman’s father, lead plaintiff Fred Goldman, has always said it was never about money. It held Simpson responsible. And after Mr. Simpson’s death, he said in a statement Thursday that his “hope for true accountability is over.”

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Simpson said he lives off only the NFL and his private pension. Hundreds of valuable items were confiscated as part of the jury award, and Simpson’s Heisman Trophy was auctioned off for $230,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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