OJ Simpson may be going back to court – but this time, it’s of his own choosing.
The infamous accused (but technically not guilty) murderer and former football player is threatening to sue The Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas over a bizarre incident at the resort on the Strip last November.
In a letter addressed to The Cosmopolitan but – of course – distributed to media outlets, Simpson’s attorney Malcolm LaVergne claims the “casino staff, employees, agents, and other higher-level decision makers or affiliates, including STK Las Vegas and Clique Bar & Lounge, acted with malice and racial prejudice” toward Simpson, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Simpson – who now lives in Vegas after doing time in prison for armed robbery – was “drunk and unruly” at the hotel’s upscale “Clique Bar” and was banned from the property.
LaVergne told AP that Simpson was not given a reason for the ban. He says Simpson contacted his parole officer Thursday and underwent drug and alcohol tests, which were negative. LaVergne denied that Simpson was intoxicated or belligerent.
The incident happened just five weeks after he was let out of prison.
In the letter, they claim they could sue the casino for “at least” $100 million.
Simpson, 70, argues that he “peacefully visited the Cosmopolitan property,” but contends the hotel created a “false narrative” that Simpson “was drunk, became disruptive at the Clique bar, was angry at hotel staff and glasses were broken at the bar,” in a bid to negatively impact terms of his parole, according to the station.
“The Cosmopolitan Casino discriminately singled out Mr. Simpson amongst his non-African American friends and subsequently expelled him for what turned out to be a fake reason while he peacefully visited the Cosmopolitan property on or about the evening of November 8, 2017,” attorney Malcom LaVergne wrote to the hotel.
The letter states that hotel staff failed to revoke the ban against Simpson despite police confirming via surveillance video that the accusations against the former pro running back and NBC sportscaster were false, the station reported.
LaVergne claims the hotel staff violated state and federal law, and has requested the preservation of evidence relating to the case, according to the report.
It was 22 years ago that Simpson became a subject of infamy after he went on trial in 1995 for the murder of his estranged wife and a waiter. He was ultimately acquitted in one of the most controversial rulings in U.S. history.
Simpson was released from prison in October after his 2008 conviction on charges including armed robbery and kidnapping connected to sports memorabilia.
Before his release, Simpson told the Nevada parole board he’s “basically spent a conflict-free life.”
Simpson is still on parole after serving nine years for the armed robbery. His parole conditions allow him to consume alcohol, but not in excess.
One witness told ABC News at the time of the incident that others in Simpson’s party drank wine, but that Simpson himself abstained.
What do you think? Why can’t OJ Simpson stay out of trouble?
Does he have a case? Or is he just looking to stay relevant?