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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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MN 2 CA    

#256 "Jim" pull your head out of your ass. Did OJ ask you to write this, sure as hell sounds like it or your are you really that stupid and egnorant?

2679 days ago

Mary T.    

Hell YEA...' maybe TMZ will stop some of the trash

2679 days ago

Rita media slut hater    

For all you slow learners,skin heads (Rusty) ,and other assorted nut cases that just dont get it.........It aint the money , its the pain of losig and aching for a chld brutally slaughtered. Its anger NOT greed that drives the goal of some retribution. People sue for pain suffering and anger ask any civil attorney oj is out prowling the streets for young girls (21 year olds) all you delusional defenders can find him hanging in the Grove .His pick up Is "Hi ladies Im OJ" Its morons like you that feed the shameless murderer Maybe you defenders should invite him for dinner so he can screw your 20 year old daughter or sister

2679 days ago


Goldman wants money money blood money it spends the same.How shamefull

2679 days ago


When will you people understand that you are giving this murderer exactly what he wants? To him any publicity is good publicity! It keeps attention on him and feeds his overinflated ego. That is the very reason he wrote the book in the first place.He needs to be important even if it means telling the world how he slaughtered two beautiful people including the woman who bore him two children.He doesn't even care how this confession affects them! And yes, TMZ should be held in contempt for hurting the Goldman and Brown Families even more!!!!!

2678 days ago


God Bless the Goldman family.

2676 days ago


My suggestion for TMZ is that they start a SFU Fund. The SFU (Shut Fred Up) Fund would be like a quota drive to reach 40 million as soon as possible. With 300 million people in the United States, one would not think it would be hard to reach that quota. Think of the publicity TMZ would get if they posted a running total of donations received on their site. Any amount over the amount the Goldman's and the Brown's won in the civil suit could go to an unsolved crime fund to help other crime victims. In no time at all, TMZ would raise enough money to satisfy the civil judgment and "shut Fred up", reducing any possible monetary suit that TMZ might be dragged into for posting a link to the book. One thing would make this go even fastest is if the media outlets pledged $1.00 every time they used the name OJ Simpson in a article or story. Whatever would Fred do if the civil suit was paid in full by those tired of his "I am the most important victim of any murder and I need justice" (ignoring the other 212,453 murders committed in the US from 1994-2005)? If everyone who has had a tradgey in their life would send a $1.00, the civil suit would be paid in no time at all. Maybe some of the extra money could go toward grief counseling for the Goldman family. Just my thoughts.

2675 days ago


Sad that anyone would want to profit that tragedy. So very creepy to me. How many of OJs old friends are still with him? How many who stood by him during the trial are still around him? What a mess for the kids to grow up can they not be affected by it all??? SAD!
I'm glad TMZ posted the story. It's in the best interest of EVERYONE!

2639 days ago


I am amazed how many people witnessed the murder of Nicole and Ron! From the comments made by many of them it certainly sounds as if they were all present! I have no idea who committed these murders or why but if had been serving on the jury I would have agreed with the verdict. I watched the trial from beginning to end. Some called me a "trial junkie." I've read most of the books published after the trial - both pro and con. So much evidence presented by the prosecution was discredited by the defense. One little known fact regarding the blood of OJ, Nicole and Ron taken after the murder. Detective Vannatter carried OJ's blood to the Rockingham estate and then on to Bundy. The little known fact was that Vannatter stopped at the LA Medical Examiner office and picked up a vial each of Ron's and Nicole's blood. When entered into evidence, all three vials had dried crusted blood on the outside. Could it be the answer to the burning question - what happened to OJ's missing blood?

I could go on and on but the trial is over and OJ can never by retried. I question how a person found "not guilty" in a criminal trial can be held responsible in a civil trial. I know the preponderance of evidence is much lower. Remember during the civil trial, OJ was also in another trial - a custody fight with the Brown family.

I think the Goldman family should take the time to review the transcripts of the civil trial. As I recall, OJ was ordered to pay a sum of 33.3 million dollars. That amount was to be divided between Ron's mother Sharon, Fred and the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson. By my calculations that would be $10.1 million to each. The estate of NBS is the Simpson's minor children - Sidney and Justin. Fred Goldman, stop going on the TV talk shows to say OJ owes you $33.3 million plus interest!!

Nothing is going to change what happened on June 12, 1994. No amount of money will bring Nicole and Ron back. The jury has spoken. Let this just die also!

2674 days ago
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