L O S ANGELES, July 27, 2000 -- Although O.J. Simpson says he’s not much of an Internet user, he embraced the technology today to answer questions from those curious enough about his sensational murder trial to pay $9.95 apiece for the opportunity.
Simpson was acquitted in a criminal trial of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman but was held liable for the murders in a civil trial. He said in a pre-show interview that he knows many people believe he’s guilty.
“I realize I can’t do much about it,” he said, adding he decided to take questions anyway because he feels the media have presented an inaccurate account of the facts of his case and painted a false image of him as a jealous stalker.
“Inaccurate information really bugs me,” he told reporters from the headquarters of Entertainment Network Inc. in Tampa, Fla., where the computer chat session took place.
Not Profiting From Chat Simpson said he will not get any money from the discussion on the Web site known as ASKOJ.com
“Everybody’s made money on this case except me,” he said.
Entertainment Network President David Marshlack said a portion of each $9.95 logon fee will go to charity. He didn’t say how much.
He said early questions for Simpson addressed a number of subjects, from his football career to the murders to evidence in the murder case.
Marshlack also said he has asked former police Det. Mark Fuhrman to debate Simpson on a subsequent Internet session and that Fuhrman and Simpson have both agreed.
Fuhrman, a key witness in Simpson’s criminal trial, pleaded guilty to perjury charges afterward.
The setup for Simpson’s interview involves three small rooms with a computer screen in one, a second room where six people were busy printing out questions, and a third where technical people handled audio and video transmissions of Simpson’s answers.