Friday 30 September 2016

The People V OJ Simpson: Where are they now?

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 19/04/2016 | 11:36

The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
OJ Simpson
Marcia Clark
Attorney Robert Kardashian. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Defense attorney Robert Shapiro
Johnnie Cochran Jr.
Christopher Darden
Judge Lance Ito
Shawn Holley
Brian "Kato" Kaelin
Al Cowlings (L), friend of murder defendant O.J. Simpson who drove the white Ford Bronco during the slow-speed chase on Los Angeles freeways. John EMMONS/AFP/Getty Images
Mark Fuhrman
Kris Jenner
Faye Resnick
Fred Goldman, the father of murder victim Ron Goldman
Denise Brown, the sister of murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson

Last night saw the tension-filled finale of one of the year’s most gripping dramas, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.

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Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book The Run of His Life, the series chronicled the 1994-1995 trial of OJ Simpson, following the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

We take a look at the major players and where they are today:

OJ Simpson

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After an eight-month trial, OJ was acquitted in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

Since his acquittal, Simpson faced a number of legal troubles, culminating in an arrest in 2007 after he led a group of men into a room at the Las Vegas Palace Station Hotel to steal, at gunpoint, sports memorabilia he claimed was his.

He was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery the following year and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison.

Now 68, Simpson is serving his time at Lovelock Correctional Centre in Nevada. He’ll be eligible for parole in October 2017.

Marcia Clark

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Clark shot to fame as the head prosecutor during the trial and became a tabloid obsession when the National Enquirer published leaked topless photos of her and ridiculed her haircut.

Clark (now 62) was so exhausted by the furore surrounding the Simpson trial that she left the DA’s office just two years later and began writing books.

Her next novel, Blood Defence, will be published in May.

Robert Kardashian

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The onetime lawyer’s name is now synonymous with reality television, thanks to the careers of his children Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob.

He died of oesophageal cancer at the age of 59 in 2003.

Robert Shapiro

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The lead counsel on Simpson’s team, Shapiro still works as a lawyer at age 73, though his primary focus is on civil litigation.

He also established the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, in honour of a son who died from an overdose in 2005.

Shapiro is the co-founder of LegalZoom online service and the subscription-based retail site ShoeDazzle, of which Kim Kardashian is also a co-founder.

Johnnie Cochran

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The trial catapulted Cochran to fame, and he continued practicing law, taking on a number of high-profile police brutality cases and defending celebrities including Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

Cochran died in 2005 from a brain tumour. He was 67.

Christopher Darden

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Darden, 59, served as a prosecutor alongside Clark. He was greatly upset by Simpson’s acquittal, and chose to leave the District Attorney’s Office in 1995 to teach criminal law.

He is now in private practice and has written several crime novels. In 2012, he accused the late Cochran of “manipulating” Simpson’s gloves.

Lance Ito

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Judge Ito, 65, presided over the trial and was widely criticised for his decision to allow TV cameras in the courtroom.

He continued to serve as a judge up until last year.

Once called “the most watched judge in America”, Ito now enjoys a quiet life with Peggy York, his wife of 30 years.

Shawn Chapman

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Now Shawn Holley, she is a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert, a firm specialising in entertainment law.

She’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases in Hollywood, and her clients include the Kardashian sisters, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Mike Tyson.

Kato Kaelin

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Kaelin, who was staying in Simpson’s guesthouse the night of the murders, was thrust into the spotlight as a minor witness in the trial.

Now 56, he has appeared in various low budget films and on reality shows, and has his own loungewear clothing line called Slacker Wear.

AI “AC” Cowlings

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“AC” was Simpson’s close friend and confidante since high school. They both played professionally together for the Buffalo Bills American football team.

AC was behind the wheel during the infamous white Bronco car chase. Since the murders, AC has kept a low profile.

Some 10 years after the trial, he was reportedly facing bankruptcy and working as a handbag salesman in Los Angeles.

Mark Fuhrman

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The former LAPD detective became one of the most controversial figures in the trial when he famously discovered the “bloody glove” on OJ’s estate.

He lied under oath about his use of a racial slur, and eventually pleaded no contest to perjury, barring him from serving as a police officer.

Fuhrman, now 63, has since written a number of true crime books and frequently appears as a forensic and crime scene expert on Fox News.

Kris Jenner

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Jenner and her ex-husband Robert Kardashian famously sat on opposite sides of the courtroom, with Jenner supporting Brown’s family during the trial while Kardashian acted as part of OJ’s defence team.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians began airing in 2007, and 11 seasons later, Jenner, now 60, is known as the world’s most famous “momager”.

Faye Resnick

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Now 58, Nicole Brown’s best friend is an interior designer and reality television personality.

She is a frequent guest on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and friend of cast member Kyle Richards.

Last year, Kris Jenner officiated at the wedding of Resnick and her fourth husband, attorney Everett Jack Jr.

Fred Goldman

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To most of the world, Ron Goldman was “the other victim”. His father furiously spoke out against Simpson in the press during the trial.

Following his acquittal, Goldman, now 75, filed a civil suit for wrongful death against Simpson, along with the family of Nicole Brown Simpson.

A jury found OJ liable for their deaths, awarding the families $33.5 million.

Denise Brown

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During the trial, Denise testified about the alleged abuse her sister suffered at the hands of Simpson.

Brown later became an advocate against domestic violence.

Now 58, she travels the country as a public speaker and helps to raise funds for women’s shelters.

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