Audiotape emerges of alleged robbery by O.J. Simpson


AFP

LOS ANGELES — An apparent audio-tape of the alleged armed robbery involving O.J. Simpson emerged on Monday as the disgraced American football star languished behind bars in a Las Vegas jail. Simpson, an iconic athlete who was famously acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife and her friend, was arrested by police in the gambling haven on Sunday in connection with an incident last Thursday. The 60-year-old was charged with two counts each of robbery with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon as well as burglary charges. If convicted he could face years in prison. On a tape that surfaced in US media reports on Monday, a man identified as Simpson could be heard angrily confronting two dealers of sports memorabilia, who claim they were robbed at gunpoint by Simpson and a gang of associates. “Think you can steal my shit and sell it?” the man purported to be Simpson is heard to say after telling his associates: “Don’t let nobody out of here!” Several unidentified voices are heard barking aggressive, expletive-laden demands at the victims of the heist, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong. In interviews with US media, Simpson has insisted he is innocent, saying he was merely collecting personal possessions that had been stolen from him. Fromong meanwhile told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday how Simpson and his associates had stormed into his hotel room. “The door burst open and they came in commando style, O.J. Simpson and some of his people, I guess you would call it, with guns drawn,” Fromong said.

“The thing in my mind as soon as I saw him, I’m thinking, ‘O.J., how can you be this dumb?’” Simpson spent the night in jail in Las Vegas on Sunday and was due to remain behind bars until a court hearing on Wednesday, Clark County Court judge Nancy Oesterle told reporters Monday. Police are also searching for four other men believed to be with Simpson during the incident.