We know, not exactly breaking news here. But a new book from a former manager alleges that a groggy O.J. Simpson, high on marijuana, confessed to double murder.
Mike Gilbert, a memorabilia dealer, also claims that he helped his former friend wiggle out of the murder charges by suggesting how to bloat his hands so they wouldn't fit the notorious bloody gloves.
Gilbert's book, How I Helped O.J. Get Away With Murder: The Shocking Inside Story of Violence, Loyalty, Regret and Remorse, is due in stores Monday.
He said Simpson smoked pot and taken a sleeping pill and was drinking beer when he confided at his home in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood weeks after his trial what happened that infamous night of June 12, 1994.
As he tells it, O.J. Simpson said he went to his ex-wife's condominium but did not bring a knife with him. Simpson told him that his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, had one in her hand when she opened the door.
In a soft mumble, Simpson told him: "If she hadn't opened that door with a knife in her hand ... she'd still be alive."
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death at the entrance to her condominium. The knife was never found.Simpson's current lawyer, Yale Galanter, said that none of Gilbert's claims are true and that Gilbert is "a delusional drug addict who needs money. He's fallen on very hard times. He is in trouble with the IRS."
"I've talked to O.J. about it," said Galanter, who refused to allow Simpson to comment because of his upcoming robbery trial in Las Vegas. "This stuff not only didn't occur, but it's not factually supported by the evidence."
Gilbert, 53, called Galanter "an ambulance chaser and an enabler and denier for O.J. I know. I used to do the same thing. I understand the game."
He acknowledged IRS problems, which he says were caused by Simpson, but said, "I could take a drug test and pass it. I highly doubt that O.J. could."
Gilbert is the second sports memorabilia dealer to write an O.J. Simpson book this year.
Thomas Riccio, who arranged a Las Vegas memorabilia sale that led to Simpson's armed robbery arrest, penned Busted last month.
OJ Simpson, who is dating Christine Prody, ghost-wrote participated in the controversial book If I Did It, which he claimed was not a confession.
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It was withdrawn by the publisher and eventually released last year by the Goldman family to help satisfy a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment.
Gilbert said he represented Simpson for another decade after the alleged confession, hawking items with his autograph, hiding profits and helping Simpson shield his possessions so they could not be seized by the Goldmans.
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