A bankruptcy court, in Florida, awarded 90 percent of any proceeds from O.J. Simpson’s controversial book “If I Did It” to relatives of murder victim Ron Goldman. The Washington Post reported that a lawyer for the Goldmans said they would seek to capitalize on the book by arranging publishing, film, and television deals.
In 1997, in a wrongful death action against Simpson, the Goldmans were a awarded $33.5 million. In June of this year, the Bankruptcy Judge ruled that Lorriane Brooke Associates was formed as a shell company to conceal Simpson’s book earnings from the Goldmans. The company, set up in the name of Simpson’s children, had declared bankruptcy.
The Goldmans obtained all rights to the book, and to Simpson’s name and likeness in connection with it. They did agree to pay the first ten percent of the first $4 million in gross profits, and a percentage of all further proceeds, to Lorraine Brooks Associates.
The Goldmans’ lawyer says they may change the name of the book to “Confessions of a Double Murderer.”