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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
Row over OJ Simpson show
OJ Simpson
The show will feature Simpson's appearances at rap concerts
A United States TV station is planning a 13-part reality series starring OJ Simpson - but the former sport and movie star himself knows nothing about it.

A Florida cable and satellite company wants to use footage of Simpson at hip-hop concerts.

But Simpson's lawyer Yale Galanter said they could not bill it as his show because his client was not involved.

"He's not in a show," Mr Galanter, said. "They can't have a reality TV show and call it the OJ Simpson TV show without our involvement."

The 13 hour-long episodes are expected to be shown by the Urban Television Network Corporation, which reaches 20 million homes.

On its website, the channel said it had "been approached by a group in Florida about the possibility of airing an OJ Simpson mini-documentary based upon footage taken in 2000 and 2001."

Show is 'coming'

The footage was filmed by Miami production company Spiderboy International.

"We've got everything done, the reality show is coming," Spiderboy founder Norman Pardo said.

Much of the footage will let viewers see Simpson, who starred in the Naked Gun comedies, interacting with the public, Mr Pardo said.

When OJ stepped on stage it was unbelievable, the crowd went crazy
Norman Pardo, Spiderboy, talking about 2001 concert
Mr Galanter said Simpson had signed no contract and received no money so he could take no action.

Spiderboy said it had "been placing OJ Simpson in various public locations around the US" to film him.

The company sponsored a string of concerts at which Simpson appeared alongside stars like Wyclef Jean, Lil' Mo, Noreaga and Foxy Brown.

After one show in 2001, Mr Pardo said: "When OJ stepped on stage it was unbelievable, the crowd went crazy chanting his name 'OJ OJ OJ'."

Simpson agreed to appear free as a favour to Spiderboy, Mr Pardo said.

Simpson has not worked since being cleared of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994.

A civil jury later held him liable, meaning any money he makes could be seized to pay the remainder of the $33.5m (21m) compensation to the victims' survivors.

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