O.J. Simpson told two friends to "get some heat" so they could bully a pair of memorabilia dealers into handing over sports collectibles and items that the former NFL star said had been stolen from him, one of men testified.
Walter Alexander testified during the preliminary hearing for Simpson - who is charged with multiple felonies stemming from the September incident at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Alexander, a longtime golfing buddy of O.J. Simpson's, said he had asked OJ why he hadn't simply told authorities that the dealers were planning to sell the signed footballs, framed awards and other items of his.
"What are they [police] going to do, take me to jail for taking my own stuff?" OJ Simpson said in between expletives, according to Alexander.
He also testified that the Juice responded, "F**k the police!" when he was questioned about what would happen if the cops were called.
Listening in court, a pained Simpson winced and shook his head. Alexander's account undercuts Simpson's repeated assertions that he did not know that Alexander and their friend Michael "Spencer" McClinton were armed.
Walter Alexander, Michael McClinton and Charles Cashmore have all pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for testimony against O.J. Simpson.
At the end of the hearing, Justice Joe M. Bonaventure will decide whether there is sufficient evidence for Simpson - acquitted in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman - to stand trial.
OJ Simpson and associates Clarence J. Stewart Jr. and Charles B. Ehrlich are charged with an array of felonies, including kidnapping and armed robbery.
Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, tried to attack Walter Alexander's credibility, accusing him of brokering prostitution - calling him a "pimp, not a Realtor" and a shady character who would offer his testimony to the highest bidder.
When Galanter confronted Alexander about his link to an online prostitution ring, the witness' easygoing manner evaporated. He told the attorney to stop yelling. "I'm sticking to my testimony that I'm not a pimp," Alexander said.
Meanwhile, in other absurd news related to O.J. Simpson, Judith Regan, the former book publisher, says in a lawsuit protesting her dismissal by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate, that a senior executive encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with Bernard B. Kerik after he had been nominated to become homeland security secretary in late 2004.
The lawsuit asserts that the corporation wanted to protect the presidential hopes of Rudolph W. Giuliani, Bernard Kerik's mentor, who had appointed him New York City police commissioner and recommended him for the federal post.
Judith Regan is seeking $100 million for what she says was a campaign to smear and discredit her by HarperCollins and its parent company after her project to publish a book with O.J. Simpson - "If I Did It" - was abandoned amid protest.
In the civil complaint filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Ms. Regan says the company has long sought to promote Rudy Giuliani's ambitions. But the lawsuit does not elaborate on that charge, identify the executive who she says pressured her to mislead investigators, or offer details.
In fact, the allegation about the executive makes up just a small part of a much broader array of claims about what she says was her improper removal from a job atop one of the more commercially successful publishing operations.
A News Corporation spokeswoman said that the company saw no merit in the filing. A spokeswoman for Rudy Giuliani also declined to comment.