Justin Ryan Simpson is an American real estate agent who is the youngest child of former NFL running back, actor, advertising spokesman, and convicted robber O. J. Simpson and his second wife, Nicole Brown. At the age of five, he lost his mother in a gruesome double murder that also took the life of her friend, restaurant waiter Ron Goldman. His father, then divorced from his mother due to domestic violence, was charged for both the murders. However, he was quickly acquitted of the crimes. Justin and his sister also had to witness a prolonged custody battle between their father and their maternal grandparents. Despite all the hardships he endured in his early life and the constant media attention he struggled to avoid, he has been able to put his difficult past behind to build a good life for himself. He is currently a successful realtor running his own company. Alongside his sister, he made a rare public appearance at a cousin's wedding in February 2016.
Childhood & Early Life
Justin Ryan Simpson was born on August 6, 1988, in Los Angeles, California, to O. J. Simpson and Nicole Brown. His father is a former professional running back who played for Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers in the NFL and later became a broadcaster and actor following his retirement. His late mother worked as a waitress at a Beverly Hills private club called 'The Daisy', where his parents met for the first time in 1977. His father, who was already married to his first wife Marguerite L. Whitley, divorced her in March 1979 and married Nicole on February 2, 1985. His elder sister Sydney Brooke Simpson was born later that year. They also had three step-siblings from their father's previous marriage: Arnelle L. Simpson (born 1968), Jason L. Simpson (born 1970), and Aaren Lashone Simpson (born 1977), the last of whom died after drowning in the family's swimming pool in August 1979.
Being born to a celebrity father, Justin Ryan Simpson has been under the radar of the media ever since he was born. He and his elder sister Sydney went through a troubled childhood after losing their mother Nicole Brown in 1994, when they were five and eight respectively. While their grandparents reportedly shielded them from the news of her death and the lengthy and public trial of their father for their mother's murder, the children soon became the center of media attention due to the custody battle between their father and maternal grandparents, Juditha Anne 'Judy' Brown and Louis Hezekiel 'Lou' Brown. Justin and his sister spent part of their childhood with their maternal grandparents during their father’s trial. Justin graduated from Florida State University in 2010.
Despite growing up in the public eye, Justin has managed to successfully lead a quiet life with limited appearances in front of the media. He and his sister have stayed away from the showbiz and have built successful careers as realtors, for which they are often praised by the netizens.
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Mother's Death & Aftermath
Justin Ryan Simpson's parents had a rough married life marred by frequent accusations of domestic violence against his father by his mother, which eventually led to their divorce on February 25, 1992. Despite the divorce, his parents got back together again, even though the domestic violence never stopped. Fearing for her life, his mother had called 911 on October 25, 1993, following which the couple separated once again.
On the morning of June 13, 1994, his 35-year-old mother was found dead along with her friend, 25-year-old Ron Goldman. Both had been stabbed to death. His father was charged with both the murders, and went through a controversial and highly publicized criminal trial. However, in October 1995, he was acquitted of both the crimes. A civil law suit was pressed against him in 1997, which found him liable for the wrongful deaths of the victims and he was ordered to pay $33.5 million in punitive damages to the Brown and Goldman families. After the trial ended, he was also granted the full custody of Sydney and Justin, despite their grandparents' several unsuccessful attempts to gain their custody.