O.J. Simpson is making a rare public appearance at a Halloween-themed comic book
convention, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of his acquittal on
The former football player has agreed to put in a three-day
appearance at Los Angeles' NecroComicon show, which started Saturday,
as a favor to a pal.
Promoter Tom Riccio insists Simpson is "not getting a penny" for his visit,
but is using the event as a possible trial run for future public appearances
which he'll make "in exchange for donations to his kids' college fund."
Riccio says, "A lot of promoters are watching this to see how it goes, and
we're going to take it from there." Riccio plans to charge $95 for
photographs and T-shirts signed by Simpson, and $125 for autographed
football jerseys and helmets.
Yesterday, Simpson was joined at the event by his old friend and
former football teammate Al Cowlings, who drove his pal around Los Angeles
during the televised police pursuit that ended with Simpson's arrest at his
home on murder charges.
Today marks 10 years since a California jury found Simpson not
guilty of murder in the June 1994 slashing and stabbing deaths of his ex-wife,
Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
In 1997, a civil court jury found Simpson liable for the deaths and ordered
him to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families of the
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