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O.J. Simpson’s lawyer ready to meet with Goldman, Brown families

The late football player’s lawyer says he made his initial comment about the families receiving nothing out of ‘instinct’
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O.J. Simpson (Photo Credit: Bang Media)

O.J. Simpson‘s lawyer is ready to have a meeting with Nicole Brown Simpson’s and Ron Goldman’s families.

Malcolm LaVergne, who is the executor of the late star’s estate, has sent a letter to the loved ones of the two murder victims — whose deaths the Naked Gun actor was ruled liable for in 1997, two years after he was acquitted of their killings — to discuss their probate claims against the estate, TMZ reports.

According to the outlet, LaVergne wants to discuss Simpson’s living revocable trust, his last two years of federal tax returns, federal tax liens cash and jewelry the lawyer took from his client’s house after his death last month as well as videos he filmed of the abode.

The executor wants to be transparent with the probate process, not to necessarily give the 1997 judgment — which awarded the families a $33.5 million payout — a special priority as all claims against the estate have to be dealt with according to Nevada law.

LaVergne told TMZ he is aware two judgments — one each for Goldman’s parents, Fred and Sharon — are active in the state. However, he said that he can’t find evidence of an active judgment from Nicole Brown Simpson’s estate. He said that, though he would welcome proof of one existing, he wouldn’t honor a judgment that is no longer active.

LaVergne is hoping to hold the meeting on or before May 10, but any day this month when all parties can make it would be fine.

LaVergne had initially declared the families would get “nothing” from Simpson’s estate but later confirmed he would accept the claims.

“I can tell you in advance, Fred Goldman’s claim will be accepted. And his claim will be handled in accordance with Nevada law,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

He went on to insist his initial remarks in which he declared they would get “nothing” were an emotional response to Fred talking about the former football player in the press after his death.

“Within an hour of knowing that O.J. died, he started talking [badly about him]. My advocate instinct was, ‘Oh, you’re gonna keep [doing this] even after he’s dead? Fine, you know? You get nothing.’ And so, those were my remarks then. But I backtracked, and they were pretty harsh remarks. And now I’m going in the other direction,” LaVergne added.

“It’s a ridiculous number, none of which has ever appeared. [Simpson] never paid one single penny. Anything that we were able to take was through our own efforts of taking things away from him,” Goldman told The Hollywood Reporter in 2022. He has previously claimed Simpson never paid a penny of the money he owed.

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