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Should TMZ Be Held In Contempt?

6/20/2007 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

OJ SimpsonThe legal trustee who is in control of the OJ Simpson manuscript "If I Did It" is upset at TMZ for publishing a link to the manuscript and running a story with several excerpts. The trustee is asking a judge to hold TMZ in contempt of court.

Last week, a judge gave the trustee authority to sell the manuscript and give the proceeds to the Goldman family. Fred Goldman, who was initially outraged that Simpson would try and peddle a book about how he might have committed the killings, had a change of heart and wanted the script sold and the proceeds directed his way.

In the court papers filed today, the lawyer for the trustee wrote, "...during the time that the Manuscript was published on the TMZ Website, literally tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people, downloaded the Manuscript, and now hold [the] property on their hard drives, property that is now freely transferable around the globe at the click of a mouse."

The legal papers claim "TMZ blatantly and intentionally violated the automatic stay." Last week, the judge had ordered the parties involved in the case or their agents not to disseminate the manuscript.

The trustee's lawyer is asking the judge to order TMZ to reveal how it obtained the manuscript. The lawyer also wants the judge to require TMZ "to show cause why it should not be held in contempt of this Court...."

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dude    

TMZ Why keep giving this asshole exposure?

2493 days ago
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Jason Bourn    

Of course TMZ is in contempt, but wo cares. Free Paris.

2493 days ago
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Toune    

TMZ is finally going to have to answer for some of their crap they post!

2493 days ago
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Dr. Dave from Toronto, Canada    

Do anything to get the SCUMBAG off the planet.....

2493 days ago
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Random    

First come first serve right? TMZ is just doing their job. I am disturbed that Ron Goldman would want the proceeds from this horrific reminder that never goes away? It is blood money and regardless if it's donated elsewhere - I just can't grasp wanting one penny from this to touch his fingertips. It's like buying life insurance on your child.

2493 days ago
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daizylibra    

yep tmz should be held in contempt.

2493 days ago
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dana    

What you did was wrong. It showd disrespect for the families of the victims. If Paris should have to pay..the so should you. I think you should make a donation to a Women's Shelter in the name of Nicole Especially since this was so close to the anniversary of her death. Shame !

2493 days ago
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Joanne    

The book should be published, only leave off the "IF".

2493 days ago
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KK    

SEE NOW THE GOLDMANS ARE AGREEING TO HAVE THE BOOK SOLD. THAT JUST PROVES THAT ALL THEY WANT IS MONEY, MONEY, MONEY OH & DID I SAY MONEY. THIS IS ALL THEY'VE BEEN AFTER.

2493 days ago
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gee whiz    

do us all a favor, OJ...slit your own throat...you are the lowest form of life on this planet....I pray that you rot in hell....prayers to the Goldman and Brown families....you ruined their lives and the lives of your children...leave the earth!!!!!!

2493 days ago
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Unhinged    

Yes you should. Maybe this shows how you don't bother to check things out before you publish.

2493 days ago
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Kait    

You know what? No one should be profiting off of the murders of these people. I'm glad TMZ "ruined" that for these people. I know they feel like they are due, but this way? Find a better way. OJ is a douch bag and as far as I'm concerned anyone who is in cahoots to publish this horrible description is pretty close to being one too.

2493 days ago
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Bill    

Screw O.J. and good for TMZ. This guy shouldn't get anything, ever. He sucks.
I just hate to see him get any exposure at all. He just needs to go away.

2493 days ago
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Ronald Raygun    

Are we witnessing the end of TMZ?

2493 days ago
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Jo Jo    

Personally, I would like to wake up some day and be pleasantly surprised to hear that Simpson has some sort of terminal cancer. Kinda like that nice warm fuzzy feeling I had when I heard that John Gotti was rotting away in prison from cancer. Seems only the good people get the dreaded disease.

2493 days ago
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