If he doesn't pay up by that deadline, mortgage-holder Hawthorne Savings and Loan has the right under California law to foreclose on the $2.3-million property and place it on the auction block. The company filed "notice of default" papers--the first step to foreclosure--with the Los Angeles County Recorder Tuesday. According to an Associated Press report, Simpson also owes more than $7,000 in unpaid real estate taxes.
An allegedly broke Simpson was not fazed by the filing. "I knew I was going to have to move eventually. I was pretty sure something like this was going to happen," he told the AP Friday. "All I know is I don't have any money."
Any attempt to unload the mansion would be complicated by the $19 million lien that Fred Goldman has filed against Simpson's home. Goldman filed the lien shortly after a civil jury found O.J. liable for the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman and awarded Goldman, his ex-wife Sharon Rufo and Nicole's estate a total of $33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Simpson was cleared of criminal charges in 1995.
A lawyer for Fred Goldman claims his client would be the first in line to get any money should the estate be sold. However, court records show Goldman to be 10th. Among those creditors ahead of Goldman: Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Robert Baker and other attorneys who represented Simpson in both the criminal and civil trials, as well as Wayne Hughes, guardian of the estate of Simpson's two small children, Sydney and Justin.