OJ book ‘no confession’

“I don’t know what happened (on the night of the murders). I can’t tell you,” Simpson said in an interview on Miami radio.

It was the first time the accused murderer had responded to the firestorm whipped up by his now-nixed book and interview on the 1994 murder case.

“I understand this lady, (publisher) Judith Regan, obviously thought, ‘Oh, he did it, so he obviously knows how to confess,'”
Simpson said.

“The writer, when I first met her, she said ‘Well she (Regan) said this was going to be a confession book,’ I said, ‘Well I’m not gonna confess,’ so they all negotiated and negotiated and negotiated and they came up with this book to make it hypothetical.

I wanted to make it hypothetical based on some facts that I know,”
Simpson said.

“I maintain my innocence from day one,” he added.

Simpson, who has always denied involvement in the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, was acquitted of the brutal slayings after a racially charged trial in
1995, a verdict that was greeted with widespread outrage across
America.

The former sports star was subsequently found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay damages to the victims’ families totalling 33.5 million dollars.

According to one report, Simpson was due to receive $US3.5 million ($A4.5 million) for a book titled “If I Did It”, that was to be published by ReganBooks, an imprint of News Corp’s HarperCollins publishing division, on November 30.

A statement from the publishers promised Simpson’s book would deliver “a bone-chilling account of the night of the murders”.

But news of the Simpson media blitz sparked howls of condemnation, with the victims’ families leading a chorus of disgust, and News Corp decided on Monday to cancel the book’s publication.

Denise Brown, the sister of Simpson’s slain ex-wife, told NBC’s Today show yesterday that News Corp offered her family millions of dollars following the uproar over the planned media blitz.