August 2, 1997 in Nation/World

Grand Piano Siezed From Simpson’s Home

Linda Deutsch Associated Press
 

O.J. Simpson ignored movers Friday as they carted off a grand piano he claims belongs to his mother, calling the seizure harassment by the winners of a $33.5 million wrongful-death verdict.

Simpson chatted in his living room, paying no attention as the $20,000 piano was rolled away. He said he would cope with the seizures, and his looming eviction from his Brentwood mansion, because “I spent my whole life on the football field with guys trying to harass me out of my game.”

Fred Goldman, father of slaying victim Ronald Goldman, had the piano seized in his effort to collect the civil judgment against Simpson for the 1994 slayings of his son and Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.

When sheriff’s deputies took Simpson’s other valuables two months ago, he said his mother, Eunice, was playing “Onward Christian Soldiers” on the piano and sheriff’s deputies gathered around to sing along.

“I haven’t fought them about anything that belongs to me,” he said Friday, “but this belongs to my mother.”

Despite seizure of his valuables, the Brentwood house remains filled with furniture and the walls are covered with family photos, including pictures of his slain ex-wife.

Still to be determined is whether Simpson will be able to keep the new $40,000 Ford Expedition presented to him on his birthday.

Simpson said the vehicle was leased by his mother. The vehicle will be the subject of an Aug. 7 court hearing.

Simpson, whose house has been sold, said he was still looking for a new home to lease and wasn’t sure when he would find the right place. He maintained an upbeat demeanor.

“I focus on what I have and not what I don’t have,” he said.

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