Thursday, April 25, 2024

Charlie Sheen’s Doctor was O.J. Simpson’s Steroid Specialist During Trial of the Century


Charlie Sheen just appeared on the Today show with his doctor. Hollywood is a small town. His HIV doctor is Rob Huizenga, the steroids specialist hired by Robert Shapiro to be O.J. Simpson’s doctor in 1994 after the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

Huizenga was hired by Shapiro as Simpson returned from Chicago the day after the murders in Los Angeles. Simpson had long suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and Huizenga was an expert on the subject of athletes and steroids. He’d written a book about helping members of the L.A. Raiders deal with the addiction.

Sheen on Today attributed his 2011 “winning” breakdown to “‘roids.” Interesting.

Huizenga never spoke about Simpson’s steroid issues when he was on the witness stand in 1994. Ten years later, in 2004, I asked him why. He said it was because none of the lawyers asked him the question. If they had, the Simpson trial might have been very different. He told me in 2004, “Some guilty people are set free.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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