OJ Simpson May Sue Vegas Casino for $100M

Lawyer claims 'malice and racial prejudice' were at play at Cosmopolitan
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2018 9:00 AM CST
OJ Simpson Threatens $100M Suit Over Casino Ban
Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson arrives for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that...   (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

Remember that story about how an allegedly "belligerent" OJ Simpson was thrown out of and banned from a Las Vegas hotel-casino in November? Yeah, well, so does his lawyer. USA Today reports Malcolm LaVergne has vowed to file a $100 million (or more) lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan unless it publicly admits that Simpson did nothing to justify his being asked to leave the premises. He says that drug and alcohol tests Simpson was forced to take by a parole officer after the incident came back negative. KVVU reports LaVergne alleges the casino's staff attempted to justify the ban in the media by saying Simpson "was drunk, became disruptive at the Clique bar, was angry at hotel staff and glasses were broken at the bar."

He further claims police found that not to be so after reviewing surveillance footage, but that the ban has stood. "Mr. Simpson has had 100% perfect behavior since he’s been on parole," says LaVergne, who adds that Simpson was simply having dinner with a friend and was blindsided by the Cosmopolitan's treatment of him. LaVergne alleges there was "malice and racial prejudice" at play as Simpson was "singled out ... amongst his non-African American friends." (More OJ Simpson stories.)

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