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Victim Says O.J. "Robbery" Was Orchestrated

2/26/2008 7:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The man who allegedly had his memorabilia stolen at gunpoint by O.J. Simpson and friends has filed a lawsuit claiming the whole thing was pre-planned so the tape could be sold to ... well, us.

In a lawsuit filed today in Orange County Superior Court, Alfred Beardsley alleges he was lured to the now infamous Las Vegas hotel room meeting under false pretenses by Thomas Riccio. Beardsley claims Riccio made him believe he could sell the stuff to the owner of a large software company. According to the suit, at the same time, Riccio was lying to Simpson and fueling his anger.

Why, you ask, would Riccio try to get Simpson angry? According to the suit, Riccio planned all along to secretly audiotape the confrontation in the hotel room and then peddle it to the media.

Voila! TMZ purchased the tapes, publishing them on our website and airing the audio on TMZ TV.

Beardsley is suing Riccio for invasion of privacy, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unjust enrichment. He is asking for unspecified damages.

21 COMMENTS

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1.

Angelique    

confusing what? Who wanted what?

2400 days ago
2.

smartypants    

Orchestrated, your kidding! I don't buy it.

2400 days ago
3.

samanthab    

BOOOOORING!!!

2400 days ago
4.

Cartman    

OJ.... played like a fiddle. bwahaha




2400 days ago
5.

Stick    

Did BET buy TMZ?

2400 days ago
6.

April Fouels    

TOM RICCIO SET IT UP WITH THE FEDS, ALSO SOLD THE STORY TO TMZ........REMEMBER......!!!!!

2400 days ago
7.

Jim    

What a great defense! Once again, OJ has legal representation that is smarter than the DA
Guilty- Yes
Convicted-NO!

2400 days ago
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bewildered bystander    

one of the first lessons they teach in Undergraduate Journalism is that OBJECTIVITY, and who it is important and that a reporter should never become a part of the story. Here we have TMZ being part of the story (again) and in terms of any kind of ethics, uterly devoid. What is that you people do again?

2400 days ago
9.

Get Real Already    

This guy Beardsley has been exposed by many, including Smoking Gun.com as a "Delusional Accuser" who has fantasies of being O.J.'s close personal friend, when in fact the only contact he's had with Simpson was to try to buy his clothes and underwear. O.J. Simpson himself has stated that this whole thing was "A Self Organized Sting Operation". Simpson admitted this to the Associated Press right after the incident in Vegas, so why in the world whould anyone believe that he was set up when Simpson himself has admitted that it was all HIS idea?!!!!!!!!!!I it surprises me at this point that most of the world still does not know the fact that Beardsley is a disturbed O.J. fanatic who is only seeking to fuel his delusions by keeping his name in the headlines, and this is just another example of that.

2400 days ago
10.

I laugh at other's misfortunes    

Great......OJ's gonna walk again. Would some gangbanger PLEASE do a driveby on this thug and put him out of our misery? A driveby in a golf cart. Now THAT would be funny.

2400 days ago
11.

Bob L    

I know Al Beardsley personally and the guy is a crook. He defrauded me out of thousands of dollars about 12 to 15 years ago and you can't believe a word he says.
If I wanted to- I could get him into even more trouble. I can prove he was out of California at another time- which would get him into more trouble with the California parole board. I sent him about $500.00 in Las Vegas on another date- and I still have the Western Union Money Transfer control number to prove it. He had to sign for the money at a Las Vegas casino and Western Union would still have the signature somewhere.

2400 days ago
12.

Party 'till you die!    

Yeah, well beating up his girlfriend to the point she needed brain surgery was very imaginary! Someone needs to take this guy out and shoot him like the rabid dog that he is! And just to be fair, take Robert Blake and Phil Specter out with them!

2400 days ago
13.

Party 'till you die!    

And this was a RECENT girlfriend! In OJ's mind, it's probably nice than nearly cutting her head off!

2400 days ago
14.

Geeeee!!    

SEND THEM ALL TO SOME RAT INFESTED ISLAND, SURROUNDED BY SHARKS AND LIVE MINES. THEY DESERVE EACH OTHERS COMPANY IN HELL. SET UP REMOTE LINKS AND LET US ALL WATCH THEM LIE, CHEAT,STEAL AND PROBABLY, KILL EACH OTHER, TOBETHE LONE SURVIVOR!!! THEN BOMB THE ISLAND,

2400 days ago
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Lucille    

Finally the truth. Now will the Vegas DA drop the case already and save Vegas the time and money, not to mention saving the rest of the country's sanity.

2400 days ago
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