CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Simpson blasts `misrepresentations'

Transcript from `Larry King Live'

October 4, 1995
Web posted at: 10:30 a.m. EDT

LARRY KING: With us on the phone now is O.J. Simpson. How are you?

O.J. SIMPSON: I'm doing fine and I'm, one I want to thank you a lot because so many of my friends have told me that you've been fair in hosting your show and bringing the points of views from both sides.

I want to thank Mr. Calhoun for taking the time out of his life. I know it had to be tough for him. And most of all I want to thank that man, Mr. Johnnie Cochran, for believing from the beginning, listening and putting his heart and soul on the line to send me home and spend time that I'm spending right now with my kids.

As I say all of this, I've been watching your show and I don't really have a lot to say now and pretty soon I'll have all -- I have enough to say to everybody and hopefully answer everybody's questions. But one of your callers, a lady called a minute ago and she asked a question about a shadowy figure running down the hall, I mean running down the driveway and across the lawn and into the front door. Let me say, that was, to me that was one of the problems to this day with people who followed this trial, they have not listened to the evidence.

Marcia Clark said a person ran across the driveway. Marcia Clark said that all along, that is not what Allan Park said. Allan Park said 15 feet roughly from my front door, which it was me walking out my front door, dropping my bags and going back in. He marked it, they put a display up. "Put an 'X,'" she asked him, "put an 'X' where you saw this person." Fifteen feet, never on the driveway, never coming down the driveway, never crossing the driveway: that is the testimony. Throughout this case it's been this misrepresentation, time and time again, people come home from work and hear the pundits elaborating on these misrepresenations. Listen to what the witness says, listen to what their testimony is and not to (what) Marcia Clark told you and not what Darden told you and that has been the big problem. Fortunately for me, the jury listened to what the witnesses said and not to Marcia Clark's, Darden's or anyone else's rendition of what they said. So Ms., I didn't get your name, there was no shadowy figure coming down the driveway and going across the driveway. That's what Marcia Clark told you. That's not what Allan Park told you.

KING: O.J., would you describe yourself as relieved? Angry? What?

SIMPSON: A little bit of everything. I think my basic anger is -- and this is the last thing I'm going to say before I leave -- my basic anger is these misconceptions. My basic anger, people I've heard that have followed the case, I've heard experts say "this was the testimony today" and that wasn't the testimony today. There were so many times I went back to my cell and watched TV, I go to my attorney room, I talk to my attorneys and some witnesses and we say, "Were these experts looking at the same or hearing or were they in the same the same courtroom that we were in today? Did they hear the testimony today?" Because what they were reporting on the news, what they were reporting on these various shows was not what the witnesses were saying. Once again that lady who called in, look at the testimony. Marcia Clark told you that, Allan Park did not tell you that. I've gotta go.

KING: What was it like with the kids today?

SIMPSON: I gotta go. It's been great. I'll talk to you soon, and I appreciate how fair you've been.


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