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October 25, 1999
SIMPSON'S 911 CALLO.J. Tackles Miami Vice
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October 25, 1999


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O.J. Tackles Miami Vice

Slug this police story O.J. Simpson: To Serve and Protect. Last April, Simpson tangled with a mugger in the parking lot of a Los Angeles golf course—he claims he bit the guy and grabbed his handgun—before calling in the LAPD. On Oct. 10 the Juice dialed 911 again, this time from his girlfriend Christie Prody's Miami-area town house. "We have a problem here," Simpson told the police operator. "I'm trying to get a girl to go to rehab who's been doing drugs with Pedro Guerrero."

When the operator asked, "Is anybody hitting anyone right now?" Simpson said, "No, no, it's nothing like that."

"Does anybody have any weapons?"

"No. No."

Then, after a brief disconnect, the police called O.J. back. "Oh, she left, and I don't know what to do about it," he said. "She got mad.... Now she's loaded out of her mind in her Mustang, driving around town somewhere. I don't know her driver's license, but she needs to be stopped."

Two Miami-Dade Police Department officers were dispatched to Prody's house in West Kendall, Fla., where they found Simpson alone. According to the cops' report, he said that he'd been arguing with Prody and that she was under the influence of an unknown substance: "Out of concern for Ms. Prody's safety Mr. Simpson called 911. Ms. Prody then fled the scene in an unknown direction."

Prody, 24, and the 52-year-old Simpson had recently been out on the town in Miami with Guerrero, the former Dodgers and Cardinals slugger who was recently charged by the DEA with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute it. Authorities say he agreed to underwrite a purchase of 33 pounds of cocaine. Guerrero, who was indicted last week, was unreachable for comment.

Prody's mother, Cathy Bellmore, feels only contempt for O.J. " Simpson would like to cloak himself in a new role as a Good Samaritan, but I believe he will never be a Good Samaritan in my daughter's life," she says. "If Simpson really wants to help Christie, he should leave her alone." Bellmore labels the 911 call "bizarre" and says she fears it was spurred by "jealous rage."

Prody and Simpson now say that she wasn't the woman he was referring to in his distress call. According to Simpson it was a woman named Pinky, not Prody, who had gone on a two-day drug binge with Guerrero.

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