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Director Claims New O.J. Simpson Film Will Reveal How Killings Unfolded

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Director Claims New O.J. Simpson Film Will Reveal How Killings Unfolded

To this day, how exactly Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were killed in 1994 remains a disputed and controversial topic.

The pair were found dead at Nicole's home in Los Angeles and O.J. Simpson, Nicole's ex-husband, was arrested and charged with their murders. However, he was eventually acquitted by a jury following the most-viewed judicial proceeding in American TV history.

In a subsequent lawsuit in 1997, he was found liable for their 'wrongful deaths' and ordered to pay the families $33.5 (£26) million in damages.

Now, a new film is hoping to shed a light on both how the pair were killed and the apparent 'cover up' that followed.

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A new film will cast a light over the O.J. Simpson trial. Credit: PA
A new film will cast a light over the O.J. Simpson trial. Credit: PA

British director Joshua Newton spent 18 months researching the case and sifting through court documents in order to make Nicole & O.J. and he said the film will reveal the 'unethical means' used in an attempt to convince the jury of Simpson's guilt.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "Nicole & O.J. will reveal the untold circumstances leading up to the murders and why and how Nicole and Ron were killed and the cover up that followed.

"All these years later, the world is still fascinated by the O.J. case and it still divides America, particularly along racial lines.

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"The media was assisted by prosecutors drawing on unethical means to persuade the public of his guilt because they knew their evidence would fail to persuade the jury.

He continued: "It's very worrying, O.J. was fortunate that he could afford a brilliant defence team to challenge a prosecutorial system more concerned with winning than with justice. But what about countless defendants who are innocent and don't have any money? Justice for them isn't an acquittal, it's a life sentence or even death."

O.J. Simpson was acquitted by the jury in the murder trial. Credit: PA
O.J. Simpson was acquitted by the jury in the murder trial. Credit: PA

Newton revealed that Simpson actually contacted him during the production of the film, seeking to be involved as a creative consultant, but Newton declined the offer in the interests of impartiality.

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He said: "My interest in making the film is to present an unbiased perspective. I'm not American so I've looked at it through different eyes. I'm laying out all the facts and it's up to the audience to reach its own conclusions."

In 2008, Simpson was convicted on 10 charges following an armed robbery and was sentenced to 33 years in prison with a minimum of nine years without parole. He was released in October 2017.

Nicole & O.J. is due to be released some time next year.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, US Entertainment

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