Is O.J. Simpson really asking Kim Kardashian for help getting a pardon? Thatâs the premise of an article from one of this weekâs tabloids. Gossip Cop can bust the story.
As widely reported, in late May Kardashian met with President Trump to request a pardon for Alice Johnson, who was serving a life sentence on nonviolent drug trafficking charges. In early June, Trump granted the pardon and Johnson was released from prison after 21 years. Now according to the National Enquirer, âSome are wondering who might be next on Kimâs listâ to assist.
âOld family pal O.J. Simpson is hoping itâs him,â contends the supermarket tabloid. A so-called âfriendâ is quoted as saying in unnaturally expository language, âO.J. would love a pardon. He was locked up in jail in Vegas for nine year.â Asserts this supposed source, âKimâs late father was one of his best friends, as well as his lawyer. If she doesnât want to help O.J., then maybe she will do it for her dad.â
The magazine even features a photo of Simpson with a quote bubble saying, âDonât keep me waiting, Kimmy!â Of course, thereâs significant differences between Simpson and Johnsonâs cases to the point where theyâre not even comparable. As noted above, Johnson was imprisoned on a nonviolent matter. She spent two decades rehabilitating herself behind bars. Simpson was locked up for armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and more offenses.
And though Simpson was paroled last year, Kardashianâs mother Kris Jenner still believes Simpson is responsible for the murder of her friend Nicole Brown, as do many others, even though he was acquitted in that case. The notion that Kardashian would risk alienating her other mom to help pardon a man convicted of violent charges who remains one of societyâs most controversial figures is a bit far-fetched. And as opposed to aiding him, Kardashian has shown interest in helping a death row inmate, Kevin Cooper, whom many believe was wrongly convicted and could be freed with new DNA testing. Again, thatâs a very different situation than Simpsonâs.
And last November, Kardashian said she hadnât kept in touch with Simpson in years. Still, Gossip Cop contacted Simpsonâs lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, to investigate whether the outletâs report had any merit. The attorney laughed off the story, calling it âfunnyâ because itâs so ridiculous and off-base.
This publication actually has a history of peddling rather outrageous tales about the former NFL star and the Kardashian family. In fact, this past March marked a full year since the National Enquirer falsely claimed Simpson would join âKeeping Up with the Kardashians.â Just as that never happened, like Gossip Cop said it wouldnât, Kardashian assisting him with a pardon wonât be happening either.
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