Fallen football/Hollywood star OJ Simpson‘s home near Miami was sold yesterday in a foreclosure auction, according to Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra.
The house, at 9450 SW 112th St. in Kendall, went for $487,433 to a yet-to-be-identified private online bidder, according to county auction records.
Simpson bought it in September 2000 for $575,000. It’s currently assessed by the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser for $481,043.
Simpson left California to escape a $33.5 million judgment won in a civil court by Fred Goldman, the father of the waiter murdered along with Simpson’s ex-wife in 1994. While Simpson was famously found not guilty of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in criminal court, a civil court in Los Angeles found him liable for the deaths.
By owning property here, Simpson managed to shield some of his assets since a Florida homestead cannot be seized to pay for a civil judgment.
But as the world knows, the former NFL star running back is in jail for an unrelated kidnapping and robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer in Las Vegas, and he stopped paying his mortgage more than two years ago.
From his cell, Simpson tried to fight the foreclosure action filed by mortgage holder JP Morgan Chase.
Why? Because he thought he would be out of jail by now.
“He has been trying to do everything he can to win his release, and the idea was that he’d have a home to come back to at the time of his release,” said Leonardo DaVinci Starke, Simpson’s lawyer. “We were hoping for the best but it didn’t happen.”