OJ Simpson ‘confesses to murder’ in shelved TV interview
OJ Simpson confesses to murder in horrifying detail in a re-emerged TV interview in which he insists all his "memories" are hypothetical.
It's been 25 years since the former sports star's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were viciously stabbed to death at her LA home on June 12th 1994.
Simpson, 71, was infamously acquitted of the killings at what was dubbed the Trial of The Century in 1995 and always denied any involvement.
Twelve years after the murders he sat down for an interview with Fox News to promote his book If I Did It and made a shocking hypothetical confession.
The 2006 chat with Judith Regan was shelved for being too controversial, but re-emerged last year.
In the chat, she probed the former American footballer about his movements on the night of the June 12th 1994.
Simpson gives her a startling hypothetical in which he seemingly relives the brutal slaying of Brown and Goldman.
He stressed his "story" was totally "hypothetical" as he explained a friend called Charlie, whose existence has never been verified, picked him up and took him over to Brown's house.
Simpson said: "This is very hard for me to do this because it's hypothetical…
"Charlie shows up, a guy I'd recently become friends with and he told me you won't believe what's going on over there [at Nicole's house].
"And I remember thinking whatever going on there has got to stop… We get into the Bronco and go over.
"Hypothetically we park in the alley… in the hypothetical I put on a cap and gloves."
Simpson goes on to reveal he always kept a knife in his Bronco – the car famously used for his highly-publicised police chase.
He explained: "[I reached under the seat and pulled out] a knife.
"I always kept a knife in that car for the crazies 'cos you can't carry a gun.
"And I remember Charlie saying 'You can't bring that' and I didn't but I believe he took it…"
He goes on to describe hypothetically going into his ex-wife's Los Angeles home via the backgate, seeing lit candles and hearing music, before seeing Goldman arrive.
Simpson said he started arguing with him before Brown came out and they became embroiled in a "verbal fight".
He said: "It got a little loud and Nicole had come out and we started having words about who is this guy, what's going on…
"Charlie followed this guy in and brought the knife. As things got heated Nicole fell and hurt herself and this guy got into a karate thing.
"I said: 'Well you think you can kick my ass?'. I remember I grabbed the knife, I do remember that portion…and to be honest I don't remember anything else except I'm standing there and there's all kind of stuff around… blood."
Simpson then starts laughing loudly and insists the story is hypothetical, adding: "This might make people think that I'm a murderer."
However, he goes on to address the issue of the gloves – one of which was found at the murder scene and became a pivotal piece of evidence at his trial.
One was found at the crime scene and another was discovered on Simpson's property.
His lawyer Johnnie Cochran famously helped win the case by asking Simpson to try on the bloodied glove which was believed to have been worn by the killer.
He dramatically told the jurors, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit", when the former footballer struggled to pull it onto his hand.
In the interview Simpson revealed that hypothetically he must have taken one of his gloves off when Charlie handed him the knife.
He said: "I had no conscious memory of doing that but obviously I must have because they found a glove there."
Since the interview aired, Simpson has spoken out to insist it was not a confession.
Speaking last year, he said: "He said: "Listen, if I confessed 12 years ago, you would have heard about it 12 years ago!"
"I didn't watch the [FOX special] because I knew they were all haters, and people will say things that are just not true, and there's nobody there to challenge them, and that would p**s me off."
Despite being fund not guilty of the double murder, Simpson was found liable in a 1997 civil suit from the victims' families and ordered to pay around $25 million in damages.
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