August 16- August 23, 2007 Edition

Goldman Family Version
of O.J.’s Controversial
Memoir Finds Publisher

NEW YORK, NY/8/13/07–O.J. Simpson’s, controversial unpublished memoir, If I Did It, has found a publisher, according to an item in Publishers Weekly, which quoted Los Angeles-based literary agent Sharlene Martin.The agent did not reveal the publisher’s name, but PW said the the book “will remain intact, supplemented with ‘key commentary” from the family of the slain Ron Goldman. The Goldman family was awarded right to the book last month in a Miami bankruptcy court.

The book was at the heart of a heated controversy which led NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdock to pull the plug on Simpson’s version of the murder of wife Nicole Simpson and friend Ron Goldman. The book was to be published by ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins. But the work was so controversial, Murdock fired the imprint’s publisher Judith Regan and quashed the book’s publication

The Goldman family now owns the rights to the material and is adding its own insights to the story. PW said the publisher, the agent and the Goldman family all will contribute a portion of their proceeds to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice.