O.J. Simpson Thrown Out Of Local Steakhouse On Derby Eve

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The owner of an upscale steakhouse in Louisville said he asked O.J. Simpson to leave his restaurant the night before the Kentucky Derby because he is sickened by the attention Simpson still attracts.

"I didn't want to serve him because of my convictions of what he's done to those families," Jeff Ruby said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "The way he continues to torture the lives of those families ... with his behavior, attitude and conduct."

Simpson, an NFL Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner, was found innocent in 1995 of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman but was found liable in a civil trial that followed.

Ruby - who owns restaurants in Cincinnati, Louisville and Belterra, Ind. - said Simpson, who was in town for the Derby on Saturday, came in with a group of about 12 Friday night and was seated at a table in the back. A customer came up to Ruby and was "giddy" about seeing Simpson, Ruby said.

"I didn't want that experience in my restaurant," Ruby said, later adding that seeing Simpson get so much attention "makes me sick to my stomach."

He said he went to Simpson's table and said, "I'm not serving you." Ruby said when Simpson didn't respond, he repeated himself and left the room.

Ruby said Simpson soon came up to him and said he understood and would gather the rest of his party to leave.

Simpson's lawyer, Yale Galanter, did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday night seeking comment.

"It was the first time since 1994 he has ever shown any class," Ruby said. "He showed it that night in the restaurant" by leaving quietly.

Ruby said after Simpson left, people in the restaurant started applauding him. He said he has received about 100 positive e-mails since the incident.

The walls of Ruby's restaurants are decorated with celebrity photos. A photo of Simpson and Ruby used to be on display, but Ruby said he took it down after the killings.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Michelle Location: Lily, Ky on May 26, 2007 at 07:41 AM
    Good For you...I think what Ruby did was the right thing!
  • by Lori Location: Stanford on May 14, 2007 at 09:12 PM
    In my eyes they had more than enough evidence to prove OJ guilty. I am glad that you took a stand and didn't cater to a killer.
  • by Louie Location: Austin IN on May 11, 2007 at 11:16 PM
    I applaud Ruby. I think OJ is the lowest form of life.
  • by RJ Location: Lexington on May 11, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    Way to Go! Wish we could keep him out of Kentucky period.
  • by Disgusted Location: Get a life on May 11, 2007 at 03:02 AM
    How long ago did this happen? Get over it. I feel sorry for his kids.
  • by SUSIE Location: Q on May 10, 2007 at 01:25 PM
    WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL? I'M SURE HE HAS BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE PLENTY OF RESTAURANTS FOR THE SAME REASON. BUT I AIN'T MAD AT 'CHA MR RUBY, YOU GOT PUBLICITY FOR YOUR RESTAURANT!!!
  • by Leah Location: Corbin on May 10, 2007 at 11:10 AM
    Ron Goldman was not Nicole's boyfriend. He was an innocent bystander who was bringing Nicole's mothers glasses to her on his way out with friends. She only knew him from the restaurant he worked at.
  • by Norm Location: Stanford Ky on May 10, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    Simpson was not found INNOCENT he was found NOT JUILTY. There is a difference.
  • by Joyce Location: Lawrenceburg on May 10, 2007 at 04:03 AM
    Good for you for standing up for what you believe in. Ofcourse you have to know that the race card is always played. I don't care whether O.J. is red, green, blue, black or white, a killer is a killer. O.J. is treated like he is a hero. That shows how low most people have fallen.
  • by Linda Blumer on May 10, 2007 at 03:57 AM
    The first thing you hear from a lawyer is race,, what about Simpson being a butcher,, I say kudos to the owner of the steakhouse

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