UPDATE: Lawyers are still arguing over various items as of 4:15 pm PST but they have agreed to donate the suit, tie and white shirt OJ was wearing the day he was acquitted to the Smithsonian.
In a truly strange turn of events, the suit O.J. Simpson wore when he was found not guilty for the murders of his ex-wife and her friend may be given to the Smithsonian museum, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Fred Goldman, father of O.J. murder victim Ron Goldman, is in court Monday, continuing his civil lawsuit against Simpson. RadarOnline.com was in Santa Monica court as a settlement conference was underway.
Sources told RadarOnline.com a compromise was being worked out that involved the suit being donated to the Smithsonian. Goldman is suing Simpson and his former manager Mike Gilbert for the suit.
Gilbert told RadarOnline.com: "I want to donate the suit to the Smithsonian. I do not want to give it to Fred Goldman. They (the Goldmans) want it donated in the name of their Foundation."
Judge Joseph Biderman took over the case Monday morning and immediately went into his chambers, meeting with the parties separately and together.
Before a deal to donate the suit could be worked out the judge tried to phone Simpson in his Las Vegas prison, a source told RadarOnline.com exclusively. But the judge couldn’t reach Simpson right away and by noon he came out of chambers and told OJ’s lawyer he was unable to reach Simpson. The lawyer and the judge went to a side of the courtroom and placed a call.
The judge then said: “Mr. Simpson is calling back at 1:30."
The source told RadarOnline.com that the judge wanted Simpson’s consent before donating the suit.
While Simpson was acquitted in the 1995 criminal trial, a Santa Monica jury found the ex-NFL star liable for the deaths in the 1997 civil trial and ordered him to pay Fred Goldman $33.5 million in damages, which he is attempting to collect.
Simpson was sentenced to at least nine years in a Las Vegas prison in October 2008 in connection with an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.