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In an interview aired by Fox on Sunday night, OJ Simpson seemed to “hypothetically” confess to the 1994 murder in Los Angeles of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
In an exchange with Judith Regan, the former NFL and Hollywood star said he was at the scene of the deaths with a knife in his hand. Simpson said he had never seen so much blood in his life. He said: “It was horrible. It was absolutely horrible.”
Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Brown and Goldman in 1995, after a high-profile court case. He was later convicted on civil charges. In 2008 he was sentenced to 33 years in prison over an armed robbery in Las Vegas. He was released on parole last October, having served nine years.
The interview with Regan was recorded in 2006 to coincide with the release of Simpson’s book on the murders, If I Did It, which was eventually released after a number of legal delays.
The interview was mothballed over public outcry and potential legal issues. More than 10 years later, Fox turned to it again thanks to renewed public interest in the Simpson case.
In the interview, Simpson recounts details of the evening in question and drifts in and out of the first person. He then seems to catch himself and remembers to offer the qualifier that what he is saying is merely hypothetical.
On the night in question, he said, a friend, “Charlie”, whose existence has not been substantiated, picked him up in order to go and find out what was happening at Brown’s home. When he arrived, Simpson said, he exchanged words with Goldman and Brown fell down, hurting herself.
According to Simpson’s “hypothetical” recollection, Goldman then went into a “karate thing”, or stance, and Simpson replied: “You think you can kick my ass?” Then, Simpson said, he blacked out.
The next thing Simpson said he remembered was “standing there and there’s all kinds of stuff around” – meaning blood.
Appearing on a Fox panel convened to discuss the interview, original prosecutor Christopher Darden said: “I think he’s confessed to murder.”
Simpson also shed light on the infamous low-speed police chase that preceded his arrest. “I was being depicted as a fugitive but from the side of the roads there was more people cheering,” he said.
He also made the bizarre claim that Brown and Goldman had in fact harmed him. “They killed me,” Simpson said. “Who I was was attacked and murdered during that period.”