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Attorney denies O.J. was drunk or belligerent despite The Cosmopolitan's ban

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson's attorney said the former football star has been banned from The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

Attorney Malcolm LaVergne on Thursday told The Associated Press that Simpson received a trespass notice from the hotel on Wednesday. He denied that Simpson was intoxicated or belligerent while at the Las Vegas Strip property.

LaVergne said Simpson was not given a reason for the ban. He said Simpson contacted his parole officer Thursday and underwent drug and alcohol tests, which were negative.

The hotel, in a statement, said it does not comment on it guests.

Simpson was paroled from a Nevada prison last month after serving nine years for armed robbery and assault with a weapon in an ill-fated bid to retrieve memorabilia.

He is living in a Las Vegas gated community.

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