O.J. Simpson on Monday ripped the diaries in which his ex-wife detailed shocking allegations of abuse as “crap” - and claimed that a photo shown to jurors of her badly bruised face was a phony.
The football great made those charges and others in an impromptu, hourlong phone call on Monday to CNN an interview that caught his lawyers by surprise, sources said.
“He’s out of control,” said one source, adding that Simpson’s anger over published excerpts of his secret testimony in the wrongful death suits filed by the victims’ families sparked his dialing.
In his most detailed defense of himself since the June 12, 1994, slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the athlete blasted prosecutor Marcia Clark as “devious” and relentlessly hawked his video.
Simpson said that save for his 1989 arrest he had no history of domestic violence - and said he had “no doubt whatsoever” the killings were linked to drug use by Nicole’s friend Faye Resnick.
But Resnick on Monday called Simpson, 48, a “pathological liar.”
“He’s already beat the system, so why doesn’t he just go away?” she asked.
Simpson also was slammed by Goldman’s father, Fred, who said the phone call was Simpson’s attempt at “damage control.”
“He was in deposition for five days, that’s all that counts,” Fred Goldman said.
In his most explosive interview, Simpson insisted that diaries found in Nicole’s safe-deposit box after her death were concocted as a legal ploy to get him to “tear up” a pre-nuptial agreement during their 1992 divorce.
“All of this crap about diaries and stuff, it didn’t exist,” Simpson told CNN legal analysts Roger Cossack and Greta Van Susteren, hosts of “Burden of Proof.”
Simpson said Nicole had been put up to writing the diaries by her lawyers and her therapist Susan Forward - and alleged Nicole told him Forward was “trying to make you look like an animal.”
“She wouldn’t even take the stand at our divorce because she would not get up there and lie,” said Simpson.
He also said that a photo of a seemingly battered Nicole found in a safe-deposit box was actually a picture taken of her wearing makeup applied on the set of the 1981 Simpson TV movie “Detour to Terror.”
Unlike his interview last month with Black Entertainment Television cable network, Simpson discussed the case in some detail. He declined to answer some questions, though, citing his upcoming $29.95 video, which he plugged several times.