[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007, 23:33 GMT 00:33 UK
OJ Simpson quizzed over break-in
Former American football player and actor OJ Simpson (file photo 2001)
OJ Simpson was found not guilty in 1995 of his ex-wife's murder
Ex-American football star OJ Simpson has been questioned by police in Las Vegas in connection with an alleged armed robbery at a casino hotel room.

The incident occurred at the Palace Station Casino late on Thursday.

Police said they were questioning Mr Simpson and four others over an alleged theft that involved sports memorabilia.

Mr Simpson is reported to have tried to retrieve the items which he claimed belonged to him. Police said he had not been arrested but was "co-operating".

Police were called to the hotel room after a man thought to be a memorabilia dealer reported being robbed by five people, one of whom he said was OJ Simpson.

Police captain James Dillon said: "We have a report from the victim that there were weapons involved. We have not determined that at this time and have not recovered any weapons."

"The items taken were various sports-related products," he said.

Detectives were arranging to interview Mr Simpson again, Capt Dillon said, adding that police were studying video surveillance tapes from the casino.

"There was no hesitation on his part to co-operate, and to immediately meet with police and that is ongoing at this time," he said.

Public outcry

Mr Simpson was tried and acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on 12 June 1994.

Mr Simpson was later found liable for the deaths in a civil trial and ordered to pay $33.5m (17m) in damages - money that has never been collected.

In July, the rights to Mr Simpson's book If I Did It were awarded to Mr Goldman's family to help cover the judgement.

The book, in which Mr Simpson describes how he would have killed his ex-wife and her friend, was published in the US on Thursday by Beaufort Books.

The publication followed months of legal wrangling after Rupert Murdoch's companies cancelled plans to publish the book following a public outcry last year.


SEE ALSO
Murdoch cancels OJ Simpson plans
21 Nov 06 |  Americas
Row deepens over OJ Simpson book
20 Nov 06 |  Americas
Lead OJ Simpson trial lawyer dies
30 Mar 05 |  Americas
OJ trial sparked abuse campaign
14 Jun 03 |  Americas
No reality show for OJ Simpson
25 Apr 03 |  Entertainment
OJ's DNA given to museum
29 May 02 |  Americas
Simpson loses film battle
07 Sep 00 |  Entertainment



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific