As In Touch exclusively revealed earlier this morning, O.J. Simpson described the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in shocking detail during a series of secret 2006 meetings for his chilling, supposedly hypothetical book, If I Did It. Now, in a preview for Fox’s upcoming special O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, his publisher Judith Regan reveals that she was given the impression that O.J. was ready to take responsibility for the brutal deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.
"I received a phone call from an attorney that said O.J. was ready to confess. And actually, I thought it was some kind of a scam and I didn’t believe him and I thought this guy’s a lunatic," Judith says in a clip, obtained by TMZ. "But I took his number and said I’d call him back and the next day I called him back."
She continued, "And he said he was willing to do it and the only condition that he had is that he didn’t want to call the book I Did It. He wanted to put an ‘if’ in front of it, so that he would have deniability with his children. He couldn’t face his children and he couldn’t tell them that he had done it. And that was the way it was portrayed to me. That was his only condition."
Though he was acquitted of Nicole and Ron’s murders, the fallen NFL star, now 70, was found liable for their deaths in a 1997 civil trial and was ordered to pay the Brown and Goldman families $33.5 million in damages. The proceeds of If I Did It ostensibly went to his kids — daughter Sydney, now 32, and Justin, now 29, whom he shared with Nicole — according to writer Pablo Fenjves.
O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? will also include an interview with O.J., taped in 2006, in which he talks about "grabbing the knife" the night of Nicole and Ron’s gruesome murders. "It’s not easy to discuss," he says in the recording. "This is hypothetical. I remember I grabbed the knife, I do remember that portion. Where are the bloody clothes? So somebody had to get rid of the bloody clothes. We’ve all seen the grisly pictures, after. So yeah, I think everything was covered, would have to be covered in blood…It was horrible. It was absolutely horrible."
O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? airs on Fox Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. EST.