Daily News Roundup – March 12, 2018

OJ Simpson Confesses ‘Hypothetical Account’ of Nicole’s Murder in 2006 Interview

It took 12 years for the tapes to surface, but television audiences were able to finally hear what Fox billed as O.J. Simpson’s “shocking hypothetical account” of the 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.  “I may have seen him around, but I really didn’t recognize him.” At one point, Simpson referenced a friend, whom he identifies only as “Charlie,” who went with him to confront Brown and handed him the knife that would be used as the murder weapon in the scenario.


“And I said, ‘Well, you think you can kick my ass?’ And I remember I grabbed the knife — I do remember that portion, taking a knife from Charlie — and to be honest after that I don’t remember, except I’m standing there and there’s all kind of stuff around and …” he said, trailing off.


Judith Regan, who conducted the interview in 2006 for the book, “If I Did It,” pressed Simpson: “What kind of stuff?” “Blood and stuff around,” he replied.  Simpson also refers to blacking out, the vast amount of blood spilled (“It was horrible”), having been “fed up” with Nicole for bringing what he considered unsavory characters around his children and sneaking back into his house after the murders.


“As things got heated, I just remember Nicole fell and hurt herself and this guy kind of got into a karate thing.  In the interview, Simpson described Goldman as “a guy that I didn’t really recognize.”  He also lapses into tenses that don’t sound speculative, saying at one point, “Obviously I must have” taken a glove off after the killing, given that one was found at the scene.  Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but he was deemed responsible for them in a civil lawsuit.


On Sunday, the network aired the two-hour “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?,” in which the former NFL running back outlines how he might have killed Goldman and the mother of his two children.  Simpson at first resisted discussing the killings but later appeared at several points to validate the prosecution’s timeline and theory of the case.


After the interviews were originally conducted, Regan, who was the publisher at News Corp.-owned HarperCollins, saw her book deal withdrawn amid backlash over the prospective book and a TV special Fox planned to air.  She was subsequently fired and filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the company, which was eventually settled.