- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson says a chapter from his unpublished book that hypothesizes how he would have killed his ex-wife and her friend was created mostly from a ghostwriter’s research and is not a confession.

“I’m saying it’s a fictional creation,” Simpson said yesterday in a telephone interview. “It has so many (factual) holes in it that anybody who knew anything about it would know that I didn’t write it.”

His comments came as Newsweek published a story for its current issue paraphrasing the chapter, called “The Night in Question,” which the magazine said it had obtained from an anonymous source.

Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman after a yearlong trial. A civil jury later held him liable for the killings.

Yesterday, Simpson again denied killing the couple. He declined to provide a copy of the chapter to the Associated Press.

“I don’t have it,” he said. “I shredded everything I had about it, and I thought I shredded it from my memory.”

Newsweek’s account of the chapter describes Simpson as becoming angry with his ex-wife at his daughter’s dance recital. He later went to her condominium to scare her, entering with a knife through a back gate with a broken latch, the account states.

Simpson encountered Mr. Goldman and accused him of planning a sexual encounter with Mrs. Simpson, the account states. He became enraged when her Akita dog appeared to recognize Mr. Goldman as a familiar visitor.

Mrs. Simpson rushed at the former football star and fell, hitting her head on the ground, according to the account. Mr. Goldman then took a karate stance, further angering Simpson, who dared Mr. Goldman to fight before pulling back.

“Then something went horribly wrong, and I know what happened, but I can’t tell you exactly how,” Newsweek quoted Simpson as writing.

The account contains no descriptions of the killings but says Simpson was drenched in blood and holding a bloody knife when he regained control of himself, and Mrs. Simpson and Mr. Goldman were dead.

The ghostwriter of “If I Did It” knew nothing about the case when he joined the project and had to do a lot of research, Simpson said. The writer was not a witness at the criminal trial, as has been reported, Simpson said.

Simpson said he saw several factual flaws while proofreading the chapter but did not correct them because he thought that would prove that he did not write it, he said.

The book was to be published Nov. 30 by News Corp.-owned HarperCollins. News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch called off the project 10 days before, apologizing for any pain that it had caused the families of Mr. Goldman and Mrs. Simpson.

Simpson said he agreed to the book because he needed the money for his family.

“I knew going in it would be what it would be,” he said. “It was worth it. I made a decision that it would benefit my family and my life. I don’t have any regrets.”

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