One of the sports memorabilia dealers allegedly held up by OJ Simpson in Las Vegas last week suffered a heart attack Tuesday, while Simpson was being charged with 10 felony counts including kidnapping.
Meanwhile, his former autograph agent tells CNN it was always "cash only".
Prosecutors filed formal charges Tuesday against O.J. Simpson, alleging the fallen football star committed 10 felonies, including kidnapping, in the armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a casino-hotel room.
Meanwhile, the whole episode may have been why one of the dealers Simpson allegedly threatened is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Tom Riccio of Universal Rarities auction house, was on Larry King Live Tuesday night after selling the audio tape of Simpson and his cohorts confronting Alfred Beardsley and Fromong to TMZ.com. Riccio told King that Beardsley called him and said he had some items, at least some of which were "stolen" from Simpson’s house. Riccio, who has been granted immunity, said he informed Simpson of the memorabilia and led Simpson and other men to the hotel room.
"There’s a lot of controversy about who is owner of the items right now," Beardsley said. "I’d rather let a judge decide who is the owner, [but] they were in mine and Bruce Fromong’s possession."
Riccio’s past is… well…interesting.
Mike Gilbert, Simpson’s former licensing agent, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) Tuesday night and claimed Simpson signed autographs virtually every day he was in prison during the murder investigation and trial. Gilbert said he didn’t steal anything from Simpson, but did admit he kept items because of a debt he says Simpson owed him. Gilbert recalled that he accompanied Simpson to autograph signings and says he "doubts" Simpson claimed the income on his taxes and that payments were "all cash".