OJ Simpson Sues Casino Over TMZ Story

Suit says employees falsely told the celebrity site he was drunk and disorderly
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2019 2:23 PM CST
OJ Sues Vegas Casino
O.J. Simpson, shown in the garden of his home, now lives in the Las Vegas.   (Didier J. Fabien via AP, File)

OJ Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino, alleging unnamed employees defamed him by telling celebrity news site TMZ he was ordered off the property in 2017 for being drunk, disruptive, and unruly. The former football star denies in the lawsuit filed Thursday against the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that he was belligerent, broke glass, or damaged property, the AP reports. The Cosmopolitan declined to comment. TMZ is not a defendant in the case. The complaint acknowledges Simpson got a notice barring him from the property after he spent several hours at a steakhouse and a lounge.

The complaint says Simpson, who is on parole from prison and living in Las Vegas, took a drug and alcohol test for his parole officer the next day, per the Review-Journal. The state parole department later said that Cosmopolitan's complaints against Simpson were false and that he didn't violate the terms of his probation, the complaint says. The 72-year-old Simpson served nine years for armed robbery and assault after a bid to retrieve personal memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel in 2007. (Simpson usually keeps a low profile in Las Vegas.)

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