O.J. Simpson Estate Executor Reverses Stance on Wrongful Death Payout

O.J. Simpson's estate executor reverses stance, accepts $33.5M wrongful death judgment against Simpson, raising hope for victim families' long-awaited compensation.

Emmanuel Abara Benson
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O.J. Simpson Estate Executor Reverses Stance on Wrongful Death Payout

O.J. Simpson Estate Executor Reverses Stance on Wrongful Death Payout

Malcolm LaVergne, the executor of O.J. Simpson's estate and his longtime attorney, has reversed his initial stance on preventing the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman from receiving a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson.

LaVergne had previously stated his intention to ensure the Goldman family would get "zero, nothing" from the estate, but has since acknowledged that Fred Goldman's claim will be accepted and handled in accordance with Nevada law.

Simpson, who died on April 10, 2024, at the age of 76, was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in a criminal trial in 1995. However, he was found liable for their deaths in a subsequent civil lawsuit in 1997, resulting in the $33.5 million judgment. The majority of this judgment remained unpaid at the time of Simpson's death.

LaVergne attributed his initial harsh remarks to an "advocate instinct" and frustration directed at the Goldman family's attorneys. He has since walked back those comments, stating that his role as the executor of Simpson's estate differs from his previous role as Simpson's attorney. LaVergne now plans to be transparent with both the Brown and Goldman families, inviting them to discuss the estate and their claims .

Why this matters: The reversal of the estate executor's stance on the wrongful death payout marks a significant development in the long-standing legal battle between the families of the victims and O.J. Simpson. It raises the possibility that the Brown and Goldman families may finally receive a portion of the judgment they were awarded nearly three decades ago.

In the estate's probate process, LaVergne has promised to be "hypertransparent" with the families and provide them with information about the proceedings. However, he also acknowledged that Simpson's estate may not have sufficient assets to cover the full $33.5 million judgment, which has grown to around $201 million due to interest and penalties. The Goldman family has stated that with Simpson's death, "the hope for true accountability has ended."

Key Takeaways

  • O.J. Simpson's estate executor has reversed their stance on the $33.5M wrongful death judgment.
  • Simpson was acquitted of murders in 1995 but found liable in 1997 civil case.
  • The executor plans to be transparent with the Brown and Goldman families on estate claims.
  • Simpson's estate may lack assets to cover full $201M judgment due to interest.
  • Goldman family says "hope for true accountability has ended" with Simpson's death.