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Smithsonian Refuses OJ’s ‘Acquittal Suit’

LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Smithsonian Institution doesn't want the suit O.J. Simpson wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995, museum officials announced one day after a judge approved the suit's donation to end a 13-year court battle. "The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will not be collecting O.J. Simpson's suit," the museum said in a statement.

"The decision was made by the museum's curators together with the director."

Simpson wore the suit on Oct. 3, 1995, the day he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

In a 1997 civil lawsuit, Simpson was found liable for the two deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million the victim's relatives. Ronald Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, has been trying for years to seize Simpson's assets and satisfy the judgment. He sued Simpson and Simpson's ex-sports agent, Mike Gilbert, who had the suit.

The agreement was reached Monday in front of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman.

Simpson, 62, is currently in jail for his role in a botched hotel heist in Las Vegas in 2007 to retrieve personal sports memorabilia.

Simpson was contacted by phone on Monday, and approved of donating the suit as long as no one profited from it, according to published reports.

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