Wednesday, May 29, 2024

20 Years After the Murders, Nicole Brown Simpson Foundation is Gone


We are quickly approaching the 20th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. OJ Simpson is in jail for the time being, but not for the murders. At least he’s in prison.

Two decades later, the Nicole Brown Simpson Foundation is kaput. It actually went out of business about three years ago, when I wrote that they claimed only $66 in assets. Long gone are the days when Denise Brown, Nicole’s sister, drew a salary and had her expenses paid from the money that came in. Starting around 1999, the Foundation operated questionably. My very first column for in July 1999 was about just that.

All that’s left is a homepage for a website. But under Contact Us, readers are directed to 800 numbers for national organizations that help battered women.

I can still recall seeing the whole Simpson family on “Geraldo Rivera,” and Geraldo handing them a check for $20,000. It was just part of the circus that surrounded the whole case.

Back in the days of the trial, the Simpson family was a pre-Kardashian bunch. Indeed, the Kardashians and Jenners were their close pals. The Simpsons sold pictures of Nicole to the press via a file system in their living room– this was before the internet. They even sold a video of OJ and Nicole’s wedding to the public for $49.99. Ah those were the days.

More about those good old days as we get closer to the anniversary on June 12th…

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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