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O.J. Simpson Charged With One Felony, One Misdemeanor

Aired February 9, 2001 - 2:04 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: O.J. Simpson turned himself in to Miami police today to face charges in a traffic altercation.

CNN's Susan Candiotti is in Miami with the latest for us -- Susan.

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Natalie.

O.J. Simpson spent just under two hours in jail today after he was charged. And no sooner did O.J. Simpson post a $9,000 bond, then he left the jail, was standing next to his attorney, than an autograph hound approached him and, smiling, he obliged. Now, O.J. Simpson continued to smile as he met with reporters and as he left the jail to face charges of burglarizing an occupied vehicle, which is a second- degree felony -- maximum sentence, 15 years; as well as a simple battery charge, which is a misdemeanor.

Now, this stems from an incident that happened back on December the 4th in Miami. An alleged victim, Jeffrey Pattinson, told police that he saw O.J. Simpson run a stop sign. Pattinson told police he blew his car horn and then, quoting from the police report, Pattinson says, "O.J. said, so I blew the stop sign, what are you going to do, kill me and my kids?"

After that, Pattinson says that O.J. Simpson came over to his vehicle, reached through an open window, tore off his glasses and, at that point Pattinson says he heard a young girl's voice, again, quoting from the police report, shouting from inside O.J. Simpson's car, saying: "No daddy; no, no."

Now, after he posted bond, O.J. Simpson's lawyer addressed reporters.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

YALE GALANTER, SIMPSON'S ATTORNEY: He would like to be, and continues to be, an important part of our community, and wishes to assimilate well into it. As a single father, his only goal in life is to provide for his children and his family. He looks forward to fighting these charges, proving his innocence and putting this behind him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CANDIOTTI: Police have released a mug shot and, as you can see, Mr. Simpson is also smiling in that mug shot.

Now, this is the fifth incident that he has had with police in south Florida since he moved here -- since May of last year. That is how long he has -- the number of times he's had incidents here -- since May of last year there have been five of them. However, this is the very first time that he has been charged with any crime.

Now, Mr. Simpson is planning to hold a news conference at 4:00 this afternoon Eastern time, at which time, his attorney says, he plans to address additional questions.

Back to you, Natalie.

ALLEN: Thanks, Susan.

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