April 29, 2010
Michael Gilbert, former sports agent to O.J. Simpson, and the Newseum's Carrie Christoffersen with Simpson’s acquittal suit. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Michael Gilbert, former sports agent to O.J. Simpson, and the Newseum's Carrie Christoffersen with Simpson’s acquittal suit. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

O.J.'s Suit Arrives at Newseum

WASHINGTON — The tan suit, white shirt and gold-colored tie worn by O.J. Simpson the day he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, arrived at the Newseum April 29 and is now a part of the museum's permanent collection.

Michael Gilbert, Simpson's former sports agent, flew in from Los Angeles with the clothing that had been in his possession since the day after Simpson's acquittal in October 1995. Gilbert said he asked Simpson for the suit because he thought it was part of American history.

The suit had been the focus of an extended legal battle between Gilbert and Fred Goldman, father of slain Ronald Goldman. Earlier this year, a California judge approved the donation of the suit to a museum as a solution to the battle.

For more than nine months, the televised criminal trial of the former football star and actor dominated national headlines and created a media frenzy. News coverage of Simpson's arrest and trial drew huge ratings for cable news shows, but the sensational coverage was criticized as a new low for television news.

The clothing will become part of a Newseum exhibit later this year to mark the 15th anniversary of Simpson's acquittal.

Exhibits on Simpson's trial and acquittal are currently displayed in the News Corporation News History Gallery and the Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery.

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