Vegas hotel denies reputation damaged by ban

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino denied that OJ Simpson was defamed when employees took it over in 2017 and a celebrity news site reported that the former hero football released on parole had been drunk, disruptive and unruly.

In recent court cases, the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan rejected Simpson’s argument that his reputation was damaged when anonymous hotel staff gave accounts cited in a TMZ report saying he was prohibited from come back after visits to a steakhouse and a cocktail bar.

TMZ is not a defendant in the lawsuit that Simpson’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, filed in November in a Las Vegas state court.

Nevada Property 1 LLC, the company that owns the Cosmopolitan, filed its response on January 3, denying Simpson’s allegations.

LaVergne filed a request Thursday for a judge to deal with the matter and not submit it to arbitration. The document puts the probable jury price for Simpson at more than $ 50,000.

The lawyer qualified Monday the exchange of legal documents to advance the business.

Cosmopolitan spokeswoman Rachel Henry declined to comment, citing the ongoing trial.

Simpson, 72, lives in Las Vegas after serving nine years in a Nevada prison for armed robbery and assault with a lethal weapon.

He was convicted in 2008 of driving five men, two of them with guns, in an unsuccessful attempt to recover personal items and souvenirs from two collectors of merchants in a Las Vegas hotel and casino. His parole is scheduled to end in 2022.

His complaint acknowledges that Simpson received a trespass notice prohibiting him from returning after he and two friends spent several hours in a Cosmopolitan restaurant and lounge. He indicates that he was never motivated and denies that he was belligerent, broke glass or damaged property at the Clique bar of the complex.

According to Simpson’s trial, Nevada parole officials visited Simpson after reports of the incident, administered drug and alcohol tests and determined that he had not breached probation .

Officials “ultimately determined that Cosmopolitan’s claims against Simpson were false,” according to the complaint.

Simpson, a Professional Football Hall of Fame, was acquitted in Los Angeles during the 1994 massacre of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and his friend, Ronald Goldman. A jury in a civil court found him responsible for the 1997 murders and ordered him to pay $ 33.5 million to the families of the victims.

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