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Simpson launches media blitz to quell 'misinformation'

February 6, 1996
Web posted at: 10 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- For someone who thinks the media tainted America's view of him, O.J. Simpson is spending a lot of time in the spotlight these days, giving his side of the double murder of his ex-wife and her friend -- and sometimes hitting the re-dial button.

After calling CNN's legal discussion show "Burden of Proof" Monday saying he thought the murders were linked to Nicole Brown Simpson's friend Faye Resnick, Simpson phoned again Tuesday. This time, the call was a complaint.

Burden of Proof

Monday, Simpson told "Burden of Proof" hosts Greta van Susteren and Roger Cossack that he believed drug dealers seeking revenge against Resnick killed Mrs. Simpson and Ron Goldman in June of 1994.

He answered some questions, but referred the co-hosts to his $29.95 videotape for other answers. On Tuesday, he called to complain after discussion on the show cast doubt on his view of events in the double murders.

He called as a guest on the show, KCBS reporter Harvey Levin, was reading from a Los Angeles Police Department statement about phone calls the night of murders between Simpson and his girlfriend, Paula Barbieri.

Below is the excerpt of Simpson's call Tuesday:

Levin

LEVIN: "One of the things that intrigued me, Roger and Greta, was that during the interview (Monday), when you asked O.J. about the two calls to Paula Barbieri the night of the murders and he said he was at his Rockingham estate and using a cell phone and walking around, I went back to the police tape.

I have a copy of the police interview that O.J. had with Vanatter and Lange on June 13, and I'm going to give you a direct quote from that. He said 'I came home and I called Paula as I was going to her house and Paula wasn't home.' So he seems to be suggesting to Vannatter and Lange that he was driving. And the two phone calls he made by cell phone to Barbieri that evening were at 10:03:09 and at 10:03:53. That's about 15 or 20 minutes before the murders ..."

SIMPSON (on phone): "Harvey Levin just totally misrepresented what he read. Once again, these are the problems we have. Harvey Levin knows full well that that conversation, when I said I was going to go to Paula's house, was at 7 p.m., directly after the recital, not at 10 p.m., and he knows exactly ... it's clear in that statement, it's clear in the conversation with LAPD, that we were talking about at seven o'clock, the night the recital was over, and not ten, and you totally misrepresented it there, and that's what they do time and time again."

LEVIN: O.J., the police murder book, which I have been able to look at --

SIMPSON: "OK, I'm gone, thank you, bye." (Hangs up)

Also Monday, Simpson told The Los Angeles Times that police had never really followed through on the drug angle and had never properly investigated the murders.

Resnick, who wrote a book about her friend Nicole during the trial, also spoke to The Times on Tuesday. She said Simpson's remarks were "defamatory" and "all untrue." "He's a desperate man," she told The Times.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Simpson called Los Angeles radio station KKBT from his Brentwood home and explained that his phone appearances were an attempt to counter "misinformation" spread by District Attorney Gil Garcetti and others and to promote his video explaining his side of the case.

Simpson was acquitted of the murders last October after a nine-month criminal trial but faces a civil wrongful death lawsuit brought by the families of the victims. The case is due to go to court in April.

Goldman seeks Simpson financial records

Goldman

While Simpson made calls Tuesday, attorneys for Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, planned for their appearance in court Wednesday to argue that they are entitled to Simpson's financial records, including any information on income and profits made by Simpson from the murders.

Goldman's attorneys subpoenaed the documents in January from Simpson's business attorney Leroy "Skip" Taft and Simpson's accountancy firm of Goodfriend and Associates.

Attorneys for Taft and Goodfriend and Associates will argue to quash the subpoena, saying it is too broad.

The subpoena sought some 41 different categories of documents, including some that Taft argues are privileged attorney-client information. But in papers filed Monday, the attorneys for Taft and Goodfriend have agreed to turn over a copy of Simpson's most recent statement of net worth, showing his assets and liabilities.

They also agreed to produce a statement of all profits or income "that can reasonably be said to have been derived by Simpson by virtue of the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman."

Beyond that, they claim, the subpoena for financial records is "overbroad." They further propose that the court appoint an independent auditor to verify the information contained in the documents they are willing to provide. They claim that an independent auditor would also prevent leaks of the information and "provide Simpson with the confidentiality and privacy he is entitled to."

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