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OJ Simpson charged over robbery
OJ Simpson's official police mug shot (16 September)
OJ Simpson's 1995 murder trial was followed across the world
Ex-American football star OJ Simpson has been charged in connection with an alleged armed robbery in Las Vegas.

He is accused of taking part in a raid on a sports memorabilia dealer in a hotel room last Thursday.

Mr Simpson, 60, who is being held without bail, faces 11 charges, including kidnapping and robbery.

In interviews before his arrest, Mr Simpson said he was trying to retrieve stolen items that belonged to him, and denied any guns were involved.

He was arrested on Sunday and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday morning to hear the charges against him.

Three co-defendants have been charged with 11 criminal counts, including assault with a deadly weapon.


Mr Simpson will face 10 felony charges over the incident at the Palace Station Casino:

  • Conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Two counts of kidnapping with a deadly weapon
  • Burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon
  • Two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon
  • Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon
  • Coercion with use of a deadly weapon

He also faces a misdemeanour charge of conspiracy to commit a crime.

If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

The former star gained international notoriety in 1995 when he was tried and acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Although Mr Simpson was cleared of murder in a criminal court in 1995, he was later found liable for the deaths at 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. .

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