O.J. Simpson may have won the latest round of their financial feud, but Fred Goldman plans to keep fighting until the Juice spills.
The father of murder victim Ron Goldman said despite an adverse court ruling Tuesday, he's still determined to squeeze whatever he can from Simpson to pay a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment that has ballooned to $70 million over the last two decades.
“We’ll continue to pursue it. We’ve being doing it for 22 years and we will do it for the next 122 years if we have to,” Goldman told the Daily News.
Goldman spoke shortly after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg denied the dogged dad’s request to seize money Simpson recently collected by signing autographs.
Judge Rosenberg rejected the motion on the grounds it failed to identify who was paying Simpson.
Simpson was famously acquitted of the 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman’s son in Los Angeles.
The Brown and Goldman families later brought their wrongful death civil lawsuit and won.
Goldman’s relentless pursuit of payment “represents justice,” he told The News.
“We didn’t, as far as I’m concerned, receive justice in the criminal trial, but we got a jury to acknowledge he’s responsible in a civil trial. We were awarded, as punishment, $34 million. If we don’t pursue the judgment, we’re not pursuing justice. It’s our only way to pursue justice,” he said.
Goldman’s lawyer David Cook said Tuesday he’s full of energy to keep hounding Simpson.
“This thing eats and breathes and lives, and O.J. is still in denial about it,” Cook said. “Some money is better than no money.”
Malcolm LaVergne, one of Simpson’s lawyers, previously admitted in court papers the Juice begrudgingly signed autographs once he was paroled to pay his legal fees.
Another Simpson attorney, Ronald Slates, argued Goldman and his lawyer have “attempted to drag Mr. Simpson into court every time they hear a rumor, see something on television, or read in an internet news posting, a mere vague allegation involving Mr. Simpson’s commercial exploitation of himself.”
Cook said it wasn’t a rumor that the “Naked Gun” actor was cashing in on his fame. He said some of Simpson’s recently signed autographs ended up online.
“He’s signed an awful lot of sports memorabilia since his release,” Cook told The News.
“He wants to be a brand-new cottage industry,” Cook said. “His celebrity has not dimmed.”
Simpson, 70, was paroled in October after serving nine years behind bars - most of them at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada - for robbing two memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel in 2007.
He’ll be subject to supervision by the state Division of Parole and Probation through September 2022.
Goldman has had some success against Simpson over the years.
After Simpson was convicted in 2008, Goldman secured the rights to his unreleased, ghostwritten book, “If I Did It.”
Goldman had the book retitled to add “Confessions of the Killer” and published it.