O.J. Simpson's assets have been temporarily frozen following a lawsuit by murder victim Ron Goldman's family to seize any money the former sports star made from his failed If I Did It book and TV deal.
The Goldman family sued the ex-football player last month for monies owned to them after Simpson was reported to have been paid $1 million for the book, in which he would have 'hypothetically' described how he would have carried out the 1994 murders of Goldman and his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
Despite being acquitted of criminal murder charges in 1995, a civil jury found Simpson responsible for their deaths and he was subsequently ordered to pay $33.5 million to their heirs--which he has yet to hand over.
Simpson's book was scrapped following public outrage last year, but the Goldman family allege he was still paid and that he put the money into a dummy corporation to avoid paying his creditors.
Judge Manuel Real yesterday ordered a "standstill" of assets of both Simpson and Lorraine Brooke Associates--the alleged dummy corporation.
Goldman's lawyer, Jonathan Polak, says, "He can no longer move assets around. We think that is very significant."
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The father of Ron Goldman yesterday filed a lawsuit aiming to seize all monies O.J. Simpson was paid for a book in which he hypothetically places himself at the scene of the murder of his ex-wife and Goldman.
Fred Goldman's attorney Jonathan Polak filed legal papers in California accusing former football star Simpson of "fraudulent conveyance."
The documents allege Simpson received $1.1 million for the now scrapped book If I Did It, and a planned TV show, through "shell corporation" Lorraine Brook Associates, in a bid to dodge making payments under a previous civil lawsuit.
Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Simpson and her friend Goldman in 1995 in a criminal case, but was later found liable for their deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families of the victims.
Polak says, "The question in this lawsuit is not about what's in their bank account right now.
"The issue is, can we unwind this series of transactions and hold those we believe truly are responsible accountable financially?"
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