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O.J.'s Alleged Robbery

Caught on Tape!

9/17/2007 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

**WARNING: This audio contains graphic content. Listener discretion is advised.**

TMZ has obtained an audio tape of O.J. Simpson's confrontation with a sports memorabilia dealer that led to his arrest on felony robbery charges. In it, you hear someone say, "You against the motherf*****g wall."
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The tape was recorded by Thomas Riccio, who co-owns the auction house Universal Rarities. Riccio met up with Simpson just before the confrontation at the Palace Station Casino on Thursday night.

We're told Riccio was on hand to help Simpson prove certain memorabilia being auctioned by Alfred Beardsley was ill-gotten. Riccio says he believed Simpson was going to confront Beardsley in the hotel room to give him an ultimatum -- either hand over the goods or Simpson would call the cops.

Riccio turned his Olympus digital voice recorder on before the group entered the room -- a group that included Simpson and four other men. Almost immediately, Simpson went wild, hurling profanities at Beardsley and another memorabilia dealer, Bruce Fromong.

The confrontation lasts six minutes. It is graphic and telling. Simpson is clearly the ringleader. Simpson repeatedly says, "Think you can steal my s**t and sell it?"

To hear much more of the confrontation, watch TMZ TV tonight.

We're told Riccio also recorded the police interview with Beardsley and Fromong. Riccio also claims he has audio of Beardsley and Fromong conceding they didn't have a right to the memorabilia. Riccio also says he has audio of Bruce Fromong saying he helped Simpson hide money in offshore accounts.

And there's this: Riccio's partner, Jeff Woolf, says Simpson left a message on Riccio's cellphone trying to convince him that there was no gun involved in the robbery.

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lilmarie    

"I don't think anyone on this site supports him. Just people want varying degrees of justice served." - 1blackchick

Oh, I thought I read a couple comments saying otherwise, something like 'he was set up because he's black' or something like that.

Anyway, I hope you're right.

2403 days ago
392.

1blackchick    

381. "I don't think anyone on this site supports him. Just people want varying degrees of justice served." - 1blackchick

Oh, I thought I read a couple comments saying otherwise, something like 'he was set up because he's black' or something like that.

Anyway, I hope you're right.

Posted at 10:44PM on Sep 17th 2007 by lilmarie

Not because he's black read carefully - because no friends that I'm aware of ask or inform you to go somewhere and bring tape recorders. That is outrageous. No one said anything racist except for Frito Lay guy. Although OJ was not quite right in the head where his race or his acceptance was involved. Guilty, as everyone previously said. Set up because no friends do that, unless they are up to no good. But his fault for falling in the trap. And you make your bed you lie in it, same for him and anyone else. Nothing was contradictory - everyone saw what they wanted and expected to see. However this trial cant be about justice for Nicole and Ron that's over and done with . . . this is about OJ's belongings, or what he thought to be his belongings (sounds like someone in the convo admitted the stuff was obtained in a fashion that was less than legal) in someone's hotel room, that he stupidly entered with a "friend" that had a tape recorder for what purpose????? Unfortunately people see and hear what they want and expect. . .not what's actually there.

2403 days ago
393.

Tiffany    

Can somebody explain to me why white people think OJ is the 21st Century equivalent of Hitler? Sure, he probably murdered 2 people and got away with it, but think of other people who got away with murder... all those chicks on Oxygen's Snapped show, John and Patsy Ramsey, Gary Condit, Howard K. Stern... they all murdered white people too. I didn't see anywhere near the deep-down hatred that is here, and Nicole probably was screwing Ron Goldman, which is what probably made OJ snap. Not that he needed much help. I'll admit, he's a sociopath. But he's a black sociopath, and that's why you hate him so much.

2403 days ago
394.

lilmarie    

1blackchick, I think we're talking about 2 different things.

Maybe I misread some posts, but I was under the impression that a couple posts said he was set up in regard to the murder - not in regard to this latest thing.

That's what I was talking about, people who still think he's innocent because they bought the defense's "race card" strategy, which worked for that jury.

2403 days ago
395.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

1blackchick, Johnnie WAS cute, but he was a ho. All for the $$$.

2403 days ago
396.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

Just like O.J. was cute a LOONNGGG time ago, but he was a monster.

2403 days ago
397.

ttlmd    

The only thing these "incidents" with OJ tells us is: if white folks think you did something, it doesn't matter if you are aquitted, they will hunt you and haggle you and treat you like dirt. My advice to OJ and Michael..."leave white folks alone!" I guess the world should be glad that black folks don't act this way everytime the system doesn't work the way we think it should.

2403 days ago
398.

papa@home    

Check out "Juice Deuce: The Official Blog of OJ's New Trial" at http://juicetrialpartdeux.blogspot.com/

2403 days ago
399.

Augustine974    

Well, if Fromong knows the whereabouts of OJ's offshore accounts, should work well for a plea deal...help to wittle down that $30mil that the juice owes.

2403 days ago
400.

Not an OJ Fan    

confirmed

2402 days ago
401.

matty    

I am no fan of OJ's, but I strongly support the concept of innocent until proven guilty. Things are not always what they appear. No, he shouldn't be convicted now because he got off before. He should only be convicted now if he's guiltyof these charges. That said, I hope the police proceed very cautiously so things don't go south before they can get to trial.

People have mentioned the tape and whether it's admissable, ie could've been edited, may fall outside Nevada's wiretapping/recordation laws, etc. i don't know Nevada law on this.

Also, this whole gang of sports memorabilia guys operate in a cash-only underground business. It's like gun shows; cash only, no receipts, no records, etc. It's perfect for tax evasion and perfect for OJ to avoid having any reported income that would be subject to the judgement the Goldmans and Browns have against him from the civil trial. Who knows yet who actually owned the stuff in that room until it's inventoried and the police try and find any records to prove ownership. In any event, OJ and his pals can't just go get it themselves in this manner. Of course they should have followed the correct legal procedure, so some of the charges can hold up even if the stuff was stolen from him.

Even thought the DA has the final say inprocedding to trial, if the witnessess/alleged victims recant or continue waffling, that could also hurt the case.

Point is, this thing is far from over. Best news for the DA will be to get everyone to flip so their case against OJ is stregnthened. Then they may not even want to offer OJ a deal, or if they do, the offered sentence can be closer to the maximum.

Stay tuned kids......

Oh for those picking on TMZ for reporting on this, guess what TMZ, like other cases, scooped all the big network media outlets on this. Go TMZ!

2402 days ago
402.

Karald Aushix    

Zipperlipper, like yourself, I think this should be reduced to the facts of the case rather than hanging OJ for the prior murders (which the first jury did not find that he did not commit, and the second jury found that he did). So I'm no fan of OJ. But we've got polls with 85% of people saying that a gun was pulled when, not only is no one alleging on record (the witnesses only say that someone had a gun) but no one in the general public would have any idea. People are really ready to hang OJ over this. A shame. Everyone loses when there is an incorrect verdict based on the bias of a jury. It happened the first time around with OJ's criminal trial. Anyhow, the story intrigues me because the details make or break the case. You say OJ and his pals can't just go and get his property (if it was his property) in this manner. Is that legally so? In what manner? Suppose he was invited as a potential buyer, which seems to be the case. Suppose he was unarmed, which even the police state was the case. Can't he legally grab his own property and leave? I heard no threats. I've heard "stand against the wall" and "show me your hands". Are those threats of violence? I'm not defending OJ, but where is the crime here if it went down that way? Maybe it went down some other way. Mabye OJ conspired with the others to bring guns and use force. Mabye and maybe not. Who knows. But at what point is the crime committed?

2402 days ago
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Karald Aushix    

What do you mean "the first jury did not find that he did not commit" the murders? They found OJ innocent. There was no second jury! Get your facts straight.

2402 days ago
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Karald Aushix    

The straight facts are that the first jury in OJ's criminal trial did not find OJ innocent of anything. They found that there was not sufficient evidence to belive beyond a reasonable doubt that OJ committed the murders. That is a far cry from innocent. It is a fundamental priniciple of our system that it is better to let ten guilty men go free than put an innocent one in jail. So they let OJ go free on that basis. The second jury found that the evidence weighed in favor of the fact that OJ killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. And all of this has nothing whatsoever to do with what happened here. You folks who want to convict OJ here for the wrong reasons are just as bad as a juror who would let OJ get away with murder because of a racial bias.

2402 days ago
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mattachino    

Read OJ's response at:
www.///esc.com That's slash, slash, slash, backslash, escape. : )

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