O.J. Simpson's Attorney Concerned About Client's Safety After Remark by Fred Goldman
Malcolm LaVergne, who sat alongside Simpson as he was granted parole Thursday, told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro that the former NFL star is receiving additional protection after threats made against Simpson and a statement by Goldman who told the New York Daily News that he "wouldn't feel bad if somebody beat the crap out of him."
"There is a legitimate concern about threats against him," LaVergne said. "I mean, I have to be frank. Fred Goldman is my primary concern."
LaVergne also invoked a 1997 Barbara Walters 20/20 interview, in which Goldman claimed he had received an offer to assassinate Simpson.
Pirro quickly shot back, defending Goldman.
“There is something where he apparently said someone offered him a high-powered rifle, not traceable, and he could take O.J. out," Pirro said in regard to the 20/20 interview. "And Fred Goldman said you're talking to the wrong guy. So why would you think Fred Goldman has it out for him?"
A representative for the Goldman family also released a statement based on the interview:
“It is a sad commentary when a victim of a crime is re-victimized, particularly by a professional who should have integrity and better judgement.
"I cannot imagine why Simpson’s attorney purported such outrageous comments against Fred Goldman, but LaVergne sank to a new low in publicly lashing out against someone who has already suffered so greatly.”
Goldman's son, Ronald Goldman, was savagely killed, along with Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, at her Los Angeles home in 1994.
While Simpson was acquitted of the murders in 1995, he was found liable for their deaths in a 1997 civil suit brought by the families of Goldman and Brown Simpson.
During the Pirro interview, LaVergne also argued against suggestions that Simpson is not on speaking terms with son Justin and daughter Sydney, his children with Nicole.
Meanwhile, a major question surrounds where the ex-running back will live once he emerges from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada as a free man as early as October.
One option may include shacking up with a friend, Tom Scotto, in Naples, Fla.
Another possibility involves Simpson moving to Miami to be with daughter Arnelle, who has an apartment there. She spoke on her father's behalf at the parole hearing.
He could also be heading to St. Petersburg, where Justin and Sydney both live.
Wherever he winds up, LaVergne told Pirro that Simpson "wants to live a quiet life."
Simpson cannot return to his old home in Miami since the property went under foreclosure in 2012. It is now on the market for $1.3 million.