-- Video from the Civil Trial Deposition, Home Movies and Photos,
and New Interviews with Key Players All Shed Light on a Case that Riveted and Shocked a Nation, Airing on “20/20,” Friday, September 25, 10 pm ET on ABC
Football legend OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in his criminal trial 20 years ago next week. In that famous televised trial, Simpson evoked his right against self-incrimination by not taking the stand. Yet, in the civil trial brought against him, Simpson was forced to testify under oath for the first time on tape, answering the tough questions about his tumultuous relationship with Nicole, the murders, the shoes, the glove, the Bronco chase, and more. For 13 days, Simpson sat in a law office conference room behind closed doors, his deposition recorded on VHS. Those tapes, part of a treasure trove of almost 150 boxes, have been stored under lock and key for almost 20 years, gathering dust. One hundred and fifty million people watched the criminal trial verdict – hardly anyone has seen these tapes… that is, until now. “20/20” viewers get a first look at the long lost video, unearthed by filmmakers and featured in two new documentaries airing next week on A&E and LMN. “20/20” airs FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Elizabeth Vargas’ report also features fascinating new interviews with key players, including Ronald Goldman’s father Fred Goldman and sister Kim Goldman; Nicole Brown Simpson’s younger sister Tanya Brown; Daniel Petrocelli, Fred Goldman’s attorney who handled the civil case; A&E/LMN filmmakers Steven Auerbach, Chuck Braverman, and Lawrence Schiller; ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams who became a household name covering the trial for Court TV; and Nicole Brown Simpson’s close friend and OJ Simpson’s lawyer Robert Kardashian’s wife Kris Jenner. The hour also features rarely seen home photos and video, as well as audio of Robert Kardashian and OJ Simpson.
Viewers will not only hear Simpson answer the tough questions, they will see his body language and gestures caught on camera. “Now, the public can see OJ Simpson answering those questions and they can make up their mind, finally… whether OJ did it or not,” Schiller tells Vargas.
“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.
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