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May 13, 2006

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Simpson's candid-camera show draws criticism

Los Angeles - In a scene from his new candid-camera program "Juiced," O.J. Simpson pulls a prank involving the infamous white Bronco, drawing criticism from the family of a man he was accused of killing.

As part of the pay-per-view show, Simpson pretends to sell the Bronco at a used car lot and boasts to a prospective buyer that he made the vehicle famous, according to a segment aired Thursday on "Inside Edition."

"It was good for me - it helped me get away," Simpson said, referring to the slow-speed, televised police chase that preceded his 1994 arrest on charges of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Goldman's father, Fred, told "Inside Edition" he found Simpson's comment "morally reprehensible."

Simpson was acquitted of murder. A civil jury later held him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the Brown and Goldman families. Much of that judgment remains unpaid.

"Any money that he makes, I hope, will go to satisfy the multimillion-dollar judgment made against him in the civil case," said Brown family attorney Gloria Allred.

Simpson was not paid for the program, "Juiced" executive producer Rick Mahr said.

Leif Garrett sentenced to jail, probation in drug charges

Los Angeles - Leif Garrett was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years' probation after opting out of a drug treatment program.

The 44-year-old former teen idol was given credit Thursday for the jail time he had already served since being taken into custody March 30 after a Superior Court commissioner determined he failed several drug tests while staying in a live-in drug diversion program.

Garrett's attorney, Andrew Flier, said his client decided to leave the program, which required frequent tests and daily counseling, because it was too strict.

Garrett pleaded guilty last year to attempted possession of cocaine-based narcotics based on a 2004 arrest and was placed in a less stringent, outpatient rehab program. Earlier this year, he checked into the live-in program after he failed a drug test and acknowledged he needed more help.

Hill, McGraw to donate proceeds to hurricane efforts

New Orleans - Mississippi native Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw say they plan to donate proceeds from their summer concert to benefit Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts.

Hill and McGraw will perform July 5 at the New Orleans Arena as part of their "Soul2Soul II" tour. Hill is a native of Star, Miss.; McGraw grew up in Start, La.

"We will not stop, we will not forget, we will not quit, until we see our friends, our families and our neighbors returned to the lives that they once knew," the country singers said Thursday in a statement. "We hope to give everyone who comes out a few hours to just enjoy."

Proceeds will go to their new Neighbor's Keeper Foundation and other organizations assisting individuals in Mississippi and Louisiana who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Half of the floor seats will be given to Katrina volunteer workers, according to the statement.

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