Nicole Brown Simpson Charity Hands Out First Donation
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ The Nicole Brown Simpson Charitable Foundation, plagued by problems since it was founded seven months ago, made its first donation Tuesday.
On behalf of her family, Denise Brown presented a check for $10,000 to officials of Human Options, an organization that provides housing to victims of domestic abuse.
The playground at a shelter being built in Orange County will be named the Nicole Brown Simpson Children’s Play Yard.
``This is one we decided to do before we even had the foundation,″ Brown said. ``We knew Nicole loved children and that the play yard would be perfect.″
The charity, set up in December, learned this spring that its president, Jeff C. Noebel, had been named in a restraining order after being accused of posing a ``clear and present danger″ to his wife and two children.
Noebel denied the accusations, calling them a ploy in a custody battle with his wife.
He is additionally scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court on Aug. 11 for lying to federal investigators in a savings-and-loan investment scam in Texas.
Brown insists Noebel’s background never hurt the foundation.
``What we should have done is a background check,″ she said. ``We trusted people. When you trust someone, you automatically think it’s going to be OK.″
The group has also come under fire from national anti-domestic violence organizations for accepting contributions from Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, the National Enquirer’s parent organization and Dove Audio, the publisher of Faye Resnick’s sexually explicit, tell-all book about Nicole Brown Simpson.
The foundation was established in memory of Ms. Simpson, portrayed by prosecutors and her family as a victim of spousal abuse over the years. Her ex-husband, O.J. Simpson, is on trial for allegedly killing her and a friend, Ronald Goldman, on June 12, 1994.