Apparent tape of alleged Simpson standoff released

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An apparent audiotape of O.J. Simpson's standoff with men he accused of stealing his sports memorabilia has surfaced.

The tape was released today by TMZ.com. In it, Simpson is heard shouting questions and expletives while other men are heard shouting orders to the men in the room.

The former NFL star is heard demanding, "Don't let nobody out of this room."

TMZ says the tape was made on a handheld recorder that belongs to a co-owner of the Universal Rarities auction house (Thomas Riccio).

He told the site he believed Simpson was planning to confront another man who was allegedly planning to auction off the memorabilia.

Simpson was arrested and booked yesterday on charges of robbery, burglary and assault. He's being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Collector describes confrontation with Simpson

A collector involved in a Las Vegas confrontation with O.J. Simpson says the incident was "like a bad dream."

Bruce Fromong tells "The Early Show" on CBS that several men entered the hotel room where sports memorabilia was being shown, and "there were two guns drawn." But he says what startled him most was seeing Simpson with the other men.

He says Simpson "was the last person I was expecting to see."

Fromong describes Simpson as "extremely upset."

Simpson has since been arrested on charges including robbery and assault in connection with the incident.

The former football star says he was reclaiming items that had been stolen from him, and he denies any weapons were involved.

Fromong says Simpson later left him a voice mail message telling him some of Fromong's things were "mixed up" with his and asking how he could give them back.

Meanwhile, the father of the man Simpson was acquitted of killing says he's pleased that Simpson might have to go to prison. But Fred Goldman tells "The Early Show" it's "a lot of years too late."


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