O.J. Simpson's book "If I Did It" to be sold
www.chinaview.cn 2006-11-17 16:13:05

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- O.J. Simpson's new book entitled "If I Did It" will hit store shelves later this month, but news of the book prompted harsh criticism, the Los Angeles City News Service reported on Thursday.

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    Simpson, a former football star, discusses in the book how he would have killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.

    Simpson was acquitted in October 1995 of criminal charges in the June 12, 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman in front of her Brentwood residence in Los Angeles. A civil court jury, however, found him responsible for the killings and ordered him to pay 33.5 million U.S. dollars in restitution to the victims' families. Thus far, however, the families have received nothing.

    Simpson has repeatedly denied killing his ex-wife and Goldman, but in the book dubbed "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," he describes how he would have carried out the murders.

    News of the book -- scheduled for release on Nov. 30 -- and an accompanying two-part television interview set to air on Fox TV on Nov. 27-28 has prompted harsh criticism from the victims' families.

    "This man is a killer," the family of Goldman said in a statement.

    "We do not allow pedophiles and drunk drivers to glorify themselves in public and this murderer should not be allowed to glorify his shameful conduct. He has nothing to say. He should be shunned by the media and by the public. Those who line their pockets by helping him to glorify his disgusting actions take part in his shame."

    Goldman's father, Fred, and sister, Kim, appeared on "Larry King Live" on CNN Wednesday night and condemned the book.

    "I would hope that no one buys the book," said Fred Goldman, who called it "disgusting" and "despicable."

    The television interview is conducted by Judith Regan, who is also the book's publisher. Regan's publishing house is owned by News Corp., which also owns Fox, the network on which the interview will air.

Editor: Feng Tao
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