O.J. Simpson has made headlines in the legal arena since 1994. To those who don’t know what O.J. is famous for (*cough millennials), watch the FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” In college, I may or may not have googled “who is O.J. Simpson.” That aside, he’s back threatening to sue the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. The hotel recently kicked out and banned Simpson after an alleged drunken incident.
Hotel staff claim that on November 8, 2017, Simpson was drunk, unruly, and disruptive at the Clique bar. However, O. J.’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, and witnesses say the opposite. LaVergne wrote in a letter that the hotel “expelled him for what turned out to be a fake reason while he peacefully visited the Cosmopolitan property.” In addition, the attorney claims in the letter that the hotel acted with “malice and racial prejudice.”
Finally, the attorney says that video evidence shows that the allegations against Simpson are not true. As a result, the attorney threatened the hotel with a $100 million lawsuit. O.J., through his attorney, wants the hotel to publicly declare that the former athlete did nothing wrong.
These allegations can have negative consequences for O.J.
GCE previously reported on O.J. Simpson’s grant of parole back in July 2017. As part of his parole conditions, he cannot become intoxicated beyond the legal limit. Reports claim that a parole officer contacted Simpson and requested he take drug and alcohol tests. Both came back negative.
The problem with suing for defamation, in this case, is that there has to be a publication of a false statement. A false statement comes in two forms, written (libel) or spoken (slander). Here, the hotel did not make a statement regarding the incident. That was a smart decision.
If this former felon is worried about his reputation, I think that ship has sailed. Even if the hotel allegations are not true, O.J. should just let it go. What is your opinion Gotham City Esq. readers? Give us your feedback below.