CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Not much new in O.J. videotape

CNN reviews its contents

February 21, 1996
Web posted at: 12:15 p.m. EST

From Correspondent Ann McDermott

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The highly publicized O.J. Simpson videotape has started arriving in people's mailboxes. If you're wondering what's on the tape but haven't ordered your copy, CNN has the scoop.

Simpson discusses life, death, marriage and his so-called "trial of the century" in "O.J. Simpson: The Interview," which sells for $29.95.

The tape doesn't yield much that's new.

No one will learn who or what Simpson calls "the real killers." Simpson does repeat claims he made to CNN's legal show "Burden of Proof" that he believes the murders had something to do with his ex-wife's friend, Faye Resnick, a former drug user.

Simpson was accused of the June 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, but was acquitted of the charges in October.

As far as physically abusing Nicole, an allegation that came out at the trial, Simpson says he never hit her.

At one point, the interviewer asks, "You can't be real proud of your relationship with Nicole."

"Yes, I am totally proud," Simpson responds.

In other parts of the tape, Simpson hints at a police conspiracy to frame him. He also says he's sick of the media playing up racial controversy surrounding the trial.

Here are highlights from "O.J. Simpson: The Interview:"

Nicole and domestic violence

Simpson says he was a "peacemaker" in his house, and denies ever punching Nicole. Referring to the 1989 incident to which he pleaded no contest he says he was trying to physically remove her from his bedroom. Concerning the infamous 911 phone call, Simpson says Nicole called him and asked him to come over that night to discuss some things.

He denies ever stalking Nicole. He says the time he saw her having oral sex with another man, he had gone by Nicole's house to see her and happened to view the sexual act through an open window. The next day he said Nicole admitted it was a mistake, and the man said it was wrong.

Simpson says Nicole was a strong woman. By now, he says, she would have punched Tammy Bruce, the local NOW leader who has led protests against Simpson.

The evidence

As for blood drops found at his house, Simpson says that's not unusual, because he lives there.

Simpson doesn't think Detective Mark Fuhrman could have spotted blood in the Bronco unless Fuhrman was inside the vehicle. He says the Los Angeles Police Department purposely assigned their most inexperienced people to collect blood evidence.

As to how his blood reached the crime scene, Simpson says, "If in fact it was my blood, it wasn't deposited there that night."

The limo driver

Simpson says he never, ever told limo driver Allan Park that he overslept.

Wendy Park, Allan Park's attorney, responded Tuesday by saying, "The idea of the whole tape is offensive. For Simpson to say Allan's perceptions were not that reliable is highly offensive."

She went on to accuse Simpson of twisting facts. "Every time you turn around, he has another story. [Allan's] testimony has always been the same."

The chase

The day of the chase Simpson went to the cemetery to visit Nicole's grave site, but police were there.

Simpson said he was on medication at the time and had a gun with him. "I just wanted it to stop," Simpson says.

Fred Goldman, the prosecution and police

Simpson says he welcomes a chance to sit down and debate the case with Fred Goldman, father of victim Ron Goldman, and Marcia Clark. He says Clark was trying to vilify witnesses Kathleen Bell and her friend Andrea Terry until the Fuhrman tapes surfaced.

As for Detective Tom Lange, Simpson said he had a "certain amount of integrity to him."

Simpson supports the non-unanimous jury idea. He says with a 10-to-2 jury system he would have been acquitted in 20 minutes.


Simpson says polls showed 80 percent of white America convicted him before all the evidence was presented. Yet, he says he has 2 million pieces of mail from white and black people who support him.

The majority of jurors in urban areas are black, and they convict black people regularly, he says.

The shoes

Regarding the size-12 Bruno Magli shoes that police believe the killer wore, Simpson says the FBI never found anyone who sold him shoes like that. Plus, he says he wouldn't have worn shoes like that because they're ugly.

Simpson's finances

Simpson says he needs money, and the video is a means of replacing what he's lost. He says he is the sole supporter of his children.

The verdict

When the verdict was read, Simpson said he wasn't thinking about Nicole, he was thinking about hugging his kids.

Simpson's image

Simpson admits he's not perfect, but he says he hasn't gone out of his way to improve his image. Simpson calls himself a good guy and a Christian.

Victory party

The day Simpson was found not guilty, friends and family prayed and sang religious songs at his house. There was a jubilant feeling and there were balloons, flowers, food and champagne from friends. Simpson offers no apologies for the party.

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