O.J. Simpson may be stealing the spotlight from Donald Trump this week: The former football star and defendant on murder charges in the trial of the century could be getting parole for his armed robbery conviction in Nevada.
In an interview with USA Today, Simpson’s friend Tom Scotto said Simpson, 70, is looking forward to his life going “back to normal.”
Scotto will be in the hearing room Thursday at Lovelock Correctional Center — where Simpson has been imprisoned for almost nine years — when Simpson will participate in a video conference with Nevada parole commissioners in Carson City.
In 2008, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery of sports agents in Las Vegas, and sentenced to a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 33 years in prison. If paroled, he could be released Oct. 1.
Scotto, who lives — and golfs — in Florida, said Simpson may move there or he might live with his sister Shirley Baker in Sacramento.
Scotto, recalling regular golf games in West Palm Beach with Lawrence Taylor and Michael Jordan, quipped that when Simpson dropped a golf glove on the course, his friends would day “Oops, you did it again” — a not very tasteful reference to the bloody glove (famously exploited by defense attorney Johnnie Cochran) at the scene where Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered.
R. KELLY DENIES CULT CHARGES
R. Kelly is denying allegations that he’s behind an abusive “cult” that subjects women to sex slavery.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the singer told TMZ that Kelly is “alarmed and disturbed” by the comments, “unequivocally denies” the accusations and will “pursue his accusers.”
In a report on BuzzFeed, Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee claimed Kelly was leading a cult in which he controlled women living in his houses in Chicago and Atlanta — dictating their eating, showering, rest room and sexual activities.
ARTS QUICK TAKES
Want to be in an opera? San Francisco Opera is seeking extras (aka supernumeraries) for the 2017 fall season. Adults of all shapes, sizes and ages are needed for the non-speaking, no-singing (and non-paying) roles, and auditions start at 6 p.m. July 31 at the War Memorial Opera House. … The San Francisco Symphony is selling single tickets for 2017-18 season, which includes three new shows: Halloween with “Young Frankenstein,” featuring Anderson & Roe on Oct. 29, Meow Meow on Jan. 27 and Audra McDonald on May 18.
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