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Simpson in cyberspace

O.J. TAKES TO THE INTERNET

Issue: "Locking up the big guns," Aug. 12, 2000

O.J. Simpson never quite goes away. Six years after the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, he carries on like a bad memory. When the acquitted ex-superstar couldn't get on TV to make public appearances, he took to the Internet to make his case.

For two-and-a-half hours he took questions from curious people in cyberspace who paid $9.95 a pop for the opportunity. In typical Internet fashion, users slogged through blotchy video and sound as they jammed in to observe. "I was able to get a lot off my chest," Mr. Simpson said later. "The tone never seemed negative. It wasn't like they were attacking me."

On ASKOJ.com, Mr. Simpson talked about Nicole and his former pals Brian "Kato" Kaelin and ex-girlfriend Paula Barbieri. He also claimed that the media keeps him in the limelight even though he wants to fade away, and then he complained about not getting interviews on network TV. "I don't stay in the public eye," he said. "My life was normal for the last five years, except when the media needed a story.... My life is uneventful."

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There was no confession when Mr. Simpson talked about the horrors for which a civil trial later found him liable. "I miss her," he said about his wife. "I feel I can't do for my kids what she could do. She was a terrific mother."

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