As if the Kardashian clan was not already exposed enough on TV and elsewhere, it gained renewed attention last year for its prominent role in a popular miniseries on the O.J. Simpson trial. On Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner offered some more details about her family’s experience during that period in the 1990s, and she expressed little doubt as to the former NFL star’s guilt.
“I knew he did it,” Jenner told Andy Cohen on his radio show.
Jenner had a front-row seat to Simpson’s arrest and subsequent legal proceedings having been married to Kris Jenner, who was very close to Simpson’s wife and whose ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, was on Simpson’s all-star defense team. Jenner, a former Olympic decathlon champion who was known as Bruce Jenner before coming out as transgender in 2015, said that the Kardashians’ divided loyalties during Simpson’s trial created a difficult family dynamic.
However, Jenner, who got to know well the ex-Buffalo Bill and his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, was never impressed with him. In a new book she is promoting, “The Secrets of My Life,” Jenner called Simpson “the most narcissistic, egocentric, neediest a—— in the world of sports I had ever seen.” She added, “I believe he got away with two savage murders.”
On Wednesday, Jenner told Cohen, “There was three people at the crime scene — DNA evidence, three people at the crime scene,” referring to Simpson and the two murder victims, his wife and her friend Ron Goldman. “Pick a murderer. How hard is that?”
Asked if her antipathy toward Simpson caused “stress” between her and her then-wife (she married Kris Jenner in 1991 and they divorced in 2015), Jenner said, “No, Kris was on my side.” Jenner noted that, after Simpson’s “second trial,” in which Goldman’s family won a $33.5 million judgment against him in a civil suit, Robert Kardashian all but admitted that he also thought Simpson was guilty, telling her, “I would have been okay if they got him in the first trial.”
However, Jenner said that “the hard part” during the criminal trial was that Kardashian’s oldest daughters, Kourtney and Kim, saw that “their dad, who they love and adore — which they should — is on one side and we’re on the other.” She added, “So it was more tough on them than it was on us.”
“See, I told you he didn’t do it!” Kourtney told Jenner after Simpson was acquitted, according to her book. On Wednesday, she said of herself and her then-wife, “We pretty much knew, we were just obviously very disappointed with the verdict.”
Simpson is in a Nevada jail for armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges stemming from a 2007 incident in which he forcibly took some items from a sports-memorabilia dealer, including his Pro Football Hall of Fame certificate and a pair of cleats used by former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. Simpson is set to have a parole hearing in the summer and, it if goes well, he could be released from prison later this year.
Here is audio of the interview with Cohen (warning: profanity).
(H/T USA Today)