O.J. Simpson’s Rare Deposition Tapes Come to Light

© Getty Images In this Oct. 23, 2001, file photo, former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson testifies in Miami-Dade County Court.
© Getty Images In this Oct. 23, 2001, file photo, former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson testifies in Miami-Dade County Court.

A week from Saturday — Oct. 3 — will mark the 20th anniversary of the most famous not guilty verdict in recent American history.

O.J. Simpson — charged with murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman — was freed more than 15 months after police infamously pursued his white Bronco across Orange County freeways. Now, as the nation looks back at a trial that forever impacted the news cycle, the national race conversation and the perception of a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, rarely seen footage of O.J. Simpson testimony will resurface on ABC News’ “20/20″ Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET — and will reveal several instances of contentious, cryptic testimony.

The tapes actually come from a different trial; Simpson never testified in 1995. But in 1997, when the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman filed a wrongful death civil suit, Simpson took the stand. And it’s there, ABC reveals, that Simpson admitted to physically hurting his wife in a bizarre back and forth with attorney Daniel Petrocelli.

From the ABC transcription:

Petrocelli: “You never struck anyone in their face, correct?”

Simpson: “Correct.”

Petrocelli: “And you never hurt your wife either, correct?”

Simpson: “No, I hurt my wife, yes.”

Simpson then goes on to tell Petrocelli that he never struck his wife, but when Petrocelli asks Simpson again if he had ever hurt her, Simpson says, “Yes.”

Petrocelli: “Did you physically hurt her?”

Simpson: “Yes.”

Petrocelli: “Did you ever bruise her?”

Simpson: “Yes.”

Petrocelli: “Did you ever make her black and blue?”

Simpson: “I think any marks that’s on her, I take full responsibility for. I don’t know what else you want to do. I take total responsibility.”

Petrocelli: “Why?”

Simpson: “Because I shouldn’t have handled the situation the way I did. I’ve—all my life with Nicole, no matter what was going on, I handled it without being physical with her. And that time I got physical with her and I’m ashamed of it. I wish it not had happened.”

ABC has made several tidbits from the testimonies available in the lead up to the “20/20” special and documentaries that will air on A&E and the Lifetime Movie Network as the anniversary approaches. In the depositions, Simpson flippantly answers pertinent questions regarding his location during the murder, the blood in his Bronco, the Bruno Magli shoe print and photos of his wife that showed signs of physical abuse.

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Source: Sporting News | Cory Collins