OJ Simpson’s one-time best friend is suing a Florida newspaper after they printed an article that made it appear he was present on the night of Nicole Brown Simpson’s murders.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Charlie Ehrlich is suing the Miami New Times over an article they published titled. “A mysterious Hollywood script suggests O.J. had company from Miami on that fateful night in 1994.”
The piece was published in September 2021.
Ehrlich says the article not only ruined his reputation but caused him emotional distress due to the numerous falsehoods in the story.
OJ’s friend claims to be in a dispute with a screenwriter named Erik Laibe. He claims the article is written off a script that Laibe provided to the outlet.
The script included accusations Ehrlich went over to Simpon’s house “on June 12, 1994, to squeeze him for cocaine debts, sending the former NFL great into a rage.”
The article then asked the question, “But even if someone was with Simpson that night, which is certainly plausible, was it Charlie Ehrlich? He may have promised never to tell, but he cagily offers that the screenplay contains some untruths.”
“An objective reader of the Article is left with the impression that Mr. Ehrlich participated in the murders of June 12, 1994, even though New Times was aware that the script is a work of fiction and was not based on the factual events of the O.J. Simpson case,” the suit reads.
Ehrlich says the newspaper decided to ignore the fact “that its source had no credibility and had a history of manipulative and deceitful behavior, Defendant published the Article. New Times continues to disseminate the Article on its website and in print despite acknowledging that the script was not factual.”
He claims the outlet has refused to print a retraction despite his lawyers firing off a legal threat. “Defendant portrayed Mr. Ehrlich as an accomplice to murder and ignored that he was in Miami at the time of the unfortunate event, all of which was easily discoverable,” his lawyers wrote.
The suit accuses the Miami New Times of causing extraordinary harm to Ehrlich’s personal and professional reputation including loss of economic opportunities and as well as “causing him to endure death threats and significant humiliation, and emotional distress.”
The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $20 million in damages.
Ehrlich is close with Simpson and was even involved in the infamous Vegas robbery that lead to the ex-NFL star being locked up.