* * * * News-Press • Sunday, February 4, 1996 15A
Simpson testifies his wife
concocted stories of abuse
Md Henry Wrimtein 5impson gave an he left a message for another wom-
an that evemng saying he was now
LOS Angeles Times account of the night of totally "free" of other involvements.
JX)S ANGELES - In his first the murders that differs These accounts, which were not
sw«rn account of the events sur- only transcribed but also videotaped
rounding the murders of Nicole in key details from in the West Los Angeles offices of
Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle testimony offered by Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp - the
Qoldman, O.J. Simpson has alleged law firm representing Fred Gold-
to lawyers for the victims' families Kaelin concerning the man - seem to show Simpson as a
and estates that his ex-wife not only self-possessed, sometimes combat- Riclninl tind / ' / / / / / < /
abused drugs but also concocted sto- period of time between ive witness who frequently disre-
ries of domestic violence in an abor- his return from the dance gards the advice of his own chief Ro\ci\n tunt SC. \D
tive attempt to abrogate their pre- counsel, Robert C. Baker.
nuptial agreement. recital and his departure At one point Baker, in fact, ac- Inrcc done more for
During a wide-ranging and as- for Los Angeles cused his client of wanting "to give Strciinnnh than itnif
yet-incomplete deposition taken monologues against his lawyer's ad- x^-^i/i>v£^
over five days late last month, Simp- International Airport to vice" to which the Brown family's single group in this
son underwent a grueling, detailed, attorney John Q. Kelly responded:
and at times contentious interroga- catch a flight to Chicago. "I especially want to hear things citif. I t ' s inif plensure
tion at the hands of Daniel M. Petro- against his lawyer's advice,"
celli, lead attorney for Goldman's Nothing in Simpson's deposition
to personally thank
fa&er, Fred, in the wrongful death Testimony differs more strikingly from the im- than for their
stift filed against the former football pression prosecutors attempted to
star. convey during the criminal trial support of tins citi/:
The 1,534-page transcript of their gin of some of them. In a statement than his swom characterization of
exchange, which occurred behind given to homicide Detectives Tom his stormy relationship with his for- for bringing jobs, for
closed doors, has been obtained by Lange and Philip L. Vannatter, mer wife. preserving buildings,
the Los Angeles Times. The expla- which was never used by prosecu- Simpson denied "ever" having
nations' and accounts offered by tors in court, Simpson said he cut his struck or choked his then-wife. He and supporting the
Simpson while under oath contain a hand while rushing to leave his Los testified that the bruises and contu-
number of previously unknown facts Angeles home and again the next sions visible in photographs of Ni- nninif charities.
and strikingly different accounts of day, when he broke a glass in his cole Brown Simpson taken during
some of the case's most controver- Chicago hotel room while in distress their marriage were the result of de-
sial aspects. These include Simp- over learning of his ex-wife's death. fensive actions he took to fend off his for SCAD!
son's flight from arrest and the In the deposition, Simpson testified wife's physical assaults on him dur-
many instances of alleged domestic that he cut his hand when he picked ing arguments or of her habit of
violence, which Simpson testified up a shard of broken glass he saw on
never occurred. the floor of his hotel bathroom, and
"picking" at her facial blemishes.
Asked repeatedly whether he MAYOR
Simpson also offered versions of
events that occurred on the night of
that he does not know how the water
glass was broken.
ever "slapped, struck, hit, stran-
gled, choked, beat or hurt" his then-
the killings and the day after that • Simpson gave an account of the wife, Simpson replied over and over (. itv of Siiv,.inn«ih
flatly contradict testimony offered night of the murders that differs in with the word "never." This includ-
during the double murder trial that ed the 1989 incident after which
key details from testimony offered
ended in his acquittal. Simpson pleaded no contest to
by Kaelin concerning the period of
Among the more significant testi- time between his return from the charges of spousal battery.
mony elicited from Simpson so far: Petrocelli then asked, "And if Ni-
dance recital and his departure for
• He made a phone call to his ex- cole said you did those things to her,
Los Angeles International Airport to
wife less than two hours before po- she would not be telling the truth?"
lice and prosecutors contend the catch a flight to Chicago.
Simpson replied, "Correct."
murders were committed. The exis- • He flatly denied ever telling Shortly afterward, Petrocelli in-
tence of that call was never dis- limousine driver Allan Park, who quired, "She would write notes to
closed at his trial. According to drove him to the airport, that he herself or journal entries about your
Simpson, he asked to speak with his overslept and failed to hear Park beating her when that didn't oc-
daughter Sydney, whose dance recit-
al he had attended earlier in the day.
when he initially rang the buzzer at
Simpson's estate. Park testified
"Yes, that's correct," Simpson
Simpson testified he avoided any twice under oath that that was the responded.
conversation with Nicole Simpson explanation the former football star Petrocelli then asked, "Why
during the call. During the criminal offered for his tardiness on the night would she ckrsuch things?"
trial, Simpson's house guest, Brian of the murders. "Because she wanted me to tear
"Kato" Kaelin, testified that Simp- up my prenuptial agreement,"
son was "upset" and "agitated" • Simpson denied receiving a tel- Simpson testified, "and I gather her
when he returned from the recital ephone message from Paula lawyers and her came up with that
because Nicole had limited his con- Barbieri saying that she was break- as a scheme."
tact with their daughter. ing off their relationship. During her Twice during the course of the ii>
il The onetime actor said he was deposition, Barbieri testified that terrogation, Simpson alleged that
dnable to explain the cuts observed Simpson left three messages for Nicole Simpson was abusing drugs
on his hands after the murders and, her; their full content has yet to be and drinking io excess, behavior he
in fact, contradicted a statement he
gave police investigators the day af-
ter the murders concerning the pri-
disclosed. Simpson offered no expla-
nation as to why, if he felt his rela-
tionship with Barbieri was ongoing,
said so concerned him that he raised
the issue with her mother, Juditha
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