January 8, 1996 in Nation/World

Darden Tour Won’t Benefit Nicole Simpson Fund

Compiled From Wire Services

A speaking tour by prosecutor Christopher Darden will not benefit a battered women’s group named after O.J. Simpson’s slain ex-wife after all, and the promoter has been accused of false advertising.

Instead of benefiting the Nicole Brown Simpson fund, some proceeds will go to needier shelters in Massachusetts and the New York area, said Harry Lipson, president of FolkTree ConcertMakers.

But Lipson refused to name the shelters or say how much money they would get. He also denied that fund-raising was the point of the tour.

“We were not doing a benefit,” Lipson said Friday. “We did an event that was to make money.”

Tickets for Darden’s four-city tour in November sold for about $25 each - but sales were disappointing, the promoters said.

A news release promoting the tour said “a portion of the proceeds to each of these shows will benefit the Nicole Brown Simpson Fund.”

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