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Judge orders Simpson limit spending

1/20/2007 - NFL

LOS ANGELES -- A state judge has ordered O.J. Simpson to
limit his spending to "ordinary and necessary living expenses"
after the family of murder victim Ron Goldman raised concerns the
former football star was shopping another book deal.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg issued
the limited restraining order on Friday, which also prohibits
Simpson from spending any earnings from past deals, including
books, films, and sports memorabilia. The order remains in effect
until a Feb. 20 hearing.

The order does not apply to the advance Simpson may have
received from a canceled book deal and TV interview in which he
reportedly told a hypothetical tale of how he would have killed his
ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Goldman. The book was titled,
"If I Did It."

The advance money is already subject to a federal court order.
Goldman's father, Fred, filed a federal lawsuit in December,
alleging Simpson created a shell corporation that received at least
$1.1 million for the book-TV deal. A hearing has been scheduled for
Jan. 24.

Fred Goldman claims Simpson is trying to avoid paying a 1997
judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Goldman family.
Simpson, who was acquitted of the double murder in 1995, has paid
little of the $33.5 million civil judgment.

Goldman's attorney, David J. Cook, said he was compelled to seek
the new restraining order after ABC News reported Simpson wants to
write a nonfiction account about his life with his ex-wife.

"The law is clear that he has a financial obligation that he
needs to resolve," Cook said.

An after-hours message left Friday for Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, was not immediately returned.

On Monday, Galanter told ABC that since publisher HarperCollins
canceled the Simpson book deal, "we are taking the position that
the contract with them is null and void. Or more accurately, others
are free to try and get the story."