Memorabilia Dealer Blames Heart Attacks on OJ Simpson, Files Suit
Like an unwanted house guest, the repercussions of O.J. Simpson's 2008 robbery conviction just won't go away.
Bruce Fromong, one of the two sports memorabilia dealers held at gunpoint by Simpson and his companions in a Las Vegas hotel in 2007, is taking the former football star back to court seeking several hundred thousand dollars in civil damages. Fromong's attorneys are attempting to link four heart attacks he's suffered in the last two years to stress caused during the incident.
Simpson is already serving a sentence of nine to 33 years for his role in the crime. He has appealed his conviction on several grounds, though his unusual request to be released on bail pending a decision on the appeal was recently denied by the Nevada Supreme Court.
The lawsuit filed by Fromong cites assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment carried out by Simpson as the reasons for his subsequent health problems. Fromong's attorney Elliott Blut believes his client has a legitimate case, but Simpson lawyer Yale Galantner feels otherwise.
"When this happened blamed his heart attacks on the media," Galantner said to the Los Angeles Times. "Now he's blaming O.J.
"I just don't know what resources are going to be available, but we will defend it. I don't think this guy's got a shot."
Simpson is no stranger to civil suits. Though he was acquitted in the infamous 1995 trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, he was found liable for their deaths in civil court two years later. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million as a result, but he's made little effort to fulfill that obligation since that time.