Gossip Web site TMZ.com has been ordered by a federal judge to hand over the leaked copy of O.J. Simpson‘s controversial book If I Did It.
The site, which published excerpts from the troubled star’s memoirs–in which he hypothetically places himself at the scene of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman–faces a contempt-of-court hearing over possible violation of a court order.
In Miami’s bankruptcy court, Judge A. Jay Cristol also ruled TMZ.com bosses must reveal the source of the manuscript; however, no date has been set for a hearing to determine whether the site violated a ban set in May, barring publication or dissemination of the manuscript in any form.
Simpson denies he was involved in the controversial leak, which saw a downloadable PDF file available on the site on Tuesday, and blamed the Goldman family for the violation.
He says, “The book was stopped and the only people who made this book come back are the Goldmans, and TMZ also profited.
“If the book is out on the Internet, I wish they would tell me where it is.”
TimeWarner-AOL, which owns TMZ, could be forced to pay damages if it is found to be in violation of the court order.
Earlier this month, a judge ruled any outstanding copies of If I Did It be relinquished.
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