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O.J. Simpson Calls ‘If I Did It’ Interview a ‘Big Mistake and Bad Judgment’

O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center on July 20, 2017, in Lovelock, Nev. Photo: Jason Bean-Pool (Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center on July 20, 2017, in Lovelock, Nev. Photo: Jason Bean-Pool (Getty Images)

*O.J. Simpson’s attorney Malcolm LaVergne says his client regrets participating in his controversial 2006 interview that was televised nationally on Sunday, in which O.J. gives a “hypothetical” account of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The interview with Judith Regan was part of a book deal that required O.J. to offer a hypothetical version of events many took to be his way of confessing to the 1994 murders in California.

But LaVergne says that’s not true. In an interview with KTNV, he says Simpson has always maintained his innocence, and that he only agreed to the book deal because he needed the money.

“He recognizes that this was a big mistake and bad judgment, no matter how much money was thrown at him to do this,” LaVergne says.

LaVergne says Simpson learned a lot in the nine years he spent in prison stemming from the Palace Station robbery case in Las Vegas, and that “the 2006 O.J. Simpson is not the 2018 O.J. Simpson.”

LaVergne says Simpson is currently focused on living under the radar and rebuilding his life in Las Vegas, with no interest in any other interviews or rehashing the 1994 case.

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