Nicole Brown Simpson's Sisters Finally Open Up About O.J.'s Death in Rare Interview: 'It's Very Complicated'

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After O.J. Simpson's death on April 10 from cancer, Nicole Brown Simpson's three sisters, Denise, Dominique and Tanya, opened up about their feelings in a rare interview.

Talking about O.J.'s influence on their lives, Tanya told People, “This is a person who’s been in our life for a very long time, who wreaked havoc on our family. It’s like the end of a chapter," with Dominque adding, “It’s very complicated.”

The three women touched on their sister Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman's deaths by homicide on June 12, 1994, for which O.J. was acquitted the next year. He was later found liable for their wrongful deaths in a civil lawsuit brought by the families of the victims a couple of years later.

Dominique didn't share her thoughts on O.J.'s possible involvement in the murders, saying, “Because of the children, I’m not going to answer.” O.J. and Nicole had two children together, Sydney and Justin.

But Denise said that she "knew in my heart" O.J. was responsible as soon as she heard of Nicole's death, calling it "gut-wrenching." Tanya felt similarly, referencing blood found in O.J.'s Bronco and saying, “DNA doesn’t lie.”

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In the rare new interview, the three sisters talked about Nicole's relationship with O.J. and how it developed, including his history of domestic abuse. The football player pled guilty to spousal abuse in 1989.

Some photo evidence of the abuse was shown during O.J.'s murder trial, and Tanya shared her reaction at the time: "I looked at him, and I remember saying, ‘How can you do something like this to someone you love?’”

But the sisters also highlighted the two years between Nicole and O.J.'s divorce and her death, recalling how bright she seemed during that time.

“What no one knows she experienced before her death is freedom. There was this levity about her. She was glowing,” recalled Denise.

Tanya also highlighted this time as a great memory of Nicole, telling the publication, “I’m so glad that she had a good time the last two years of her life. I can’t bring her back, so why not try to look at it like that?”

Nicole's story will be recounted in a documentary on Lifetime called The Life & Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, set to air in two parts on June 1 and 2.

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