Sacha Baron Cohen is no stranger to controversy, and it looks like he stepped in a doozy this time. In case you missed it, he reportedly gave OJ Simpson $20-thousand dollars to appear in his new film – much to the chagrin of the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.
According to a production source, Cohen – best known for disguising himself to fool the unsuspecting – wore a wig and thick-rimmed glasses to meet Simpson in a Las Vegas hotel room. OJ wouldn’t agree to come in the room until he was paid “a sackload of cash.” Cohen’s rep couldn’t be reached. OJ said that he knew Sacha, but didn’t confirm a payment.
Still, just reports of such a payment prompted outrage. Tanya Brown – Nicole’s sister – said, “Nicole and Ron are two human beings who were brutally murdered. This is not a joke, nor is it entertainment.” David Cook, the collections lawyer who works for Fred Goldman, said that any money OJ gets should be used to pay his civil-judgment debt (which at last tally is more that $70-million with interest). And social media has erupted, too.
Source: Daily Mail
So Hollywood is making a movie about a murderer and the murderer will play himself. OJ Simpson! 20,000 is what he will make? I call BS the 20k is so that the family of the murdered cannot collect from a court settlement. He's actually getting paid cash!— #MAGADON (@CAPTGP) February 12, 2018
Not funny, Sasha Baron Cohen. You’ve always been a complete jackass.— Curtain Call 🇺🇸🎗 (@jake_scofield) February 12, 2018
But now that you’ve just paid $20k to the double murderer OJ Simpson & put him in a film, you have achieved a new low on the scumbag meter.
I hope you get sued.