O.J. says he didn't do it, but he'll tell how he would have

Simpson TV special, book will detail 1994 murders with a huge `if'

November 16, 2006|By McClatchy-Tribune

LOS ANGELES -- Taking hypothetical to new heights, O.J. Simpson will appear in a two-part TV special this month to reveal "how he would have" killed his ex-wife and her friend 12 years ago "if he were the one responsible," the Fox network said yesterday.

In the broadcasts, Simpson, 59, will be grilled in a "no-holds-barred interview" by Judith Regan, the publisher of his new book, If I Did It, which hits shelves Nov. 30.

The special, titled O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened, is set to air Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fox, the network said.

In a video clip on Fox's Web site, an off-screen interviewer says, "You wrote, `I have never seen so much blood in my life.'"

"I don't think any two people could be murdered without everybody being covered in blood," Simpson replies.

There was no word on how much Simpson will be paid for the tome or TV special. Regan spokeswoman Suzanne Wickham said she had no information about the book beyond what was contained in the Fox news release.

Lou Brown, the father of victim Nicole Brown Simpson, said he wasn't shocked to hear his ex-son-in-law was exploiting the tragedy. "I gave up on him many years ago," Brown, 83, told the New York Daily News yesterday.

As for Simpson's book title, Brown said he has "absolutely no doubt" Simpson killed his daughter.

After one of the most sensational criminal trials in U.S. history, Simpson was acquitted in October 1995 of the brutal knife slayings of Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994.

But at a later civil trial, the jury found the former NFL great responsible for both murders and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to the victims' heirs - who haven't received a dime.

Simpson's lawyer Yale Galanter did not return calls yesterday. Three weeks ago, Galanter denied the ex-Heisman Trophy winner was penning a tell-all book about the murders, according to the Goldmans' lawyer, Jonathan Polak.

Polak said he would explore legal action to get money from Simpson if he profits from the book and TV deal.

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