TMZ Debunks Report That O.J. Simpson Was Caught Pleasuring Himself In His Cell
O.J. Simpson goes before a Nevada Department of Corrections Parole Board on Thursday from prison in Lovelock, NV, which will decide if the 70-year-old ex-athlete will be released from prison as early as October of this year. (It will be shown live on ESPN).
But one site -- the London Daily Mail, is claiming that his parole is in jeopardy because O.J. was caught masturbating in his cell. The Daily Mail quotes and anonymous source.
TMZ, however, is reporting that the masturbation story is fake news. They're debunking it.
The official statement from Lovelock says, "It is against Nevada Dept. of Corrections policy to release inmate disciplinary history to the public. It is also against policy to release inaccurate information. No official from our department would have released the information in question."
In other words: Nope.
The Daily Mail reports that O.J. was caught masturbating in his cell by a female corrections officer in June, and was written up for it. He is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing for the infraction, which is not going to happen by Thursday, they write. Daily Mail:
OJ was written up under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), the first United States federal law passed dealing with the sexual assault of prisoners. The bill was signed into law on September 4, 2003. While masturbation is not directly mentioned in this act, it is considered by many states to be a sexual offense in this bill.
Brook Keast, a public information officer for the Nevada Department of Corrections, told Dailymail.com that an inmate masturbating in his cell can be considered a violation if "the officer believes the inmates actions were intentional."
But TMZ is reporting that there is "no hard and fast rule" about masturbating in this particular facility. It's somewhat interesting because, if TMZ is right, then the Daily Mail story was completely fabricated. I mean, you don't come up with a story like that by mistake.
Simpson has served nearly nine years in the Lovelock Correctional Center on kidnapping, robbery and weapons charges after he confronted two memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. He is eligible for parole for the first time.
He has been more or less a model prisoner, according to reports -- except for the cookie incident. In 2011 he was found with a cookie in his cell, which is considered contraband by state prison rules.
If things go wrong at the hearing (don't whip it out in front of the committee, Juice!), Simpson could remain in prison until 2022, when his original term is up.
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