Aug. 7, 2006 — -- What would possess O.J. Simpson to allow a man who goes by the professional name "Spiderboy" to accumulate nearly 80 hours of candid, behind-the-scenes, reality show style video between 2001 and 2005 of Simpson cavorting at night clubs with young ladies, railing against Oprah Winfrey and giving cagey answers to a radio DJ about whether he used cocaine after he retired from football?
The answer, according to the independent TV producer and promoter who goes by the name Spiderboy and shot the Simpson video is "image rehabilitation." Juice was unavailable for comment. Or at least, calls to his attorney Yale Galanter were not immediately returned.
Spiderboy's given name is Mark Norman Pardo, and he says he approached O.J. in 2001, back, when Pardo says Simpson "didn't have a lot of options."
"I put him out on the road and filmed the reaction," Pardo says. "I started filming everything: the hotels, the airports, the airplane; I just kept the camera rolling."
The past 12 years have been rough on O.J. from a PR perspective. There was the double murder trial, the civil trial, and then the custody battle. The Florida road rage incident didn't help matters and the search of his Miami home in 2001 on suspicion that it might house a drug ring made matters even worse. O.J. Could probably use an image overhaul.
But viewing the end product of four years of filming with Spiderboy may leave O.J. questioning his decision. Spiderboy has unveiled a new website, www.judgeoj.com, to incrementally roll out the video for free and "show the general public a side of OJ Simpson he has carefully tried to conceal for years."
Pardo says the video will allow Americans to see the real O.J. And he wants visitors to the site to watch the video and then vote on whether they think O.J. is guilty or not, regardless of the fact that he says none of the video offers new evidence in the 1994 double murder of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
"There is no higher court in the land than the court of public opinion. Here there are no lawyers to haggle between morality and legality, no high priced defense attorneys to use legal loopholes to get their rich clientele acquitted over zealous prosecutors manipulating the system in their favor , just a nation of well-informed people who become the jurors and judges who make their own decisions based on the evidence presented to them," it reads.