Hollywood actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. played OJ Simpson in the television drama The People vs OJ Simpson. Good actor that he is, Gooding gave justice to the role of the disgraced athlete turned movie star. He may have immersed himself with the celebrity who’s both famous and notorious in real life, yet Gooding has always been reticent when asked about his personal views on Simpson’s guilt regarding the 1994 court case where OJ was arrested, charged, and later acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson’s case was dubbed the ‘trial of the century’ which opened in January 1995.
That’s all changed now, however, as Gooding finally spoke about the man he played and whose case he is inevitably intimately familiar with. In an interview with the Telegraph, Gooding said: “ I think that with all the things that I learned, if he did it, which is a real possibility, I don’t know if he did it alone.”
The actor also added: “I think from all the autopsy photos that I saw of Ron Goldman’s body, which were brutal, it seemed like he was in combat with someone before he expired, you know.”
On the other hand, the only obvious marks on Simpson were cuts on his fingers that appeared to be fingernail marks, according to the testimony given by a forensic pathologist.
The actor who’s now playing Billy Flynn in West End’s Chicago also admitted why he was initially hesitant to speak about the case when the show first aired in the U.S. in 2016. He shared: “Even that was something I didn’t want to express when people were seeing the show.”
The 70-year-old Simpson was released from jail in October 2017 after serving nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping.
His ‘The Lost Confession‘ interview with Judith Regan was shown on Fox this month where he revealed what may have happened on the night of the 1994 murders he went to trial for, and later acquitted of. The interview was based on Simpson’s controversial book If I Did It, where he shared the same disturbing ‘theories.’
Simpson usually talks about the murders and whatever his role in such crimes using the third person, but in clips of OJ ‘confessing ‘to killing his ex-wife which recently resurfaced, remarkably noticeable was the accidental switch into the first person.
Video footage obtained by TMZ shows Simpson discussing the 1994 murders through a chat with an imaginary figure called Charlie. There, Simpson said: “This is very difficult for me to do this. It was very difficult for me because hypothetical, I know and I accept the fact that people are going to feel whatever way they are going to feel. They gonna, whatever, whatever they want to feel.”
Simpson also added: “Charlie came by and mentioned something about what was going on at her house. This guy Charlie shows up. Had recently become friends with her, and I dunno why he had been by Nicole’s house, but he told me “You wouldn’t believe what was going on over there. And I remember thinking, whatever’s going on there has got to stop.”
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Simpson married Nicole in 1985 and pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989. He allegedly continued to abuse his ex-wife even after they got divorced in 1992, until Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman, were found stabbed to death on the driveway of her Brentwood, California home in 1994.
Simpson was found guilty for the twin deaths in a civil trial, and ordered to pay Brown and Goldman’s relatives $35 million in damages. He was initially sentenced to up to 33 years in prison but was released on parole October last year.