Nine days before she was slashed to death, Nicole Brown Simpson wrote in her diary that O.J. Simpson had warned her, “You hang up on me last nite, you’re gonna pay for this, (expletive),” the National Enquirer reported this week.
“You’re holding money from the IRS, you’re going to jail, you (expletive),” Nicole Simpson quoted her ex-husband as saying one day when he came to pick up their children. “I’ve already talked to my lawyers about this, (expletive). They’ll get you for tax evasion.”
The jury that acquitted Simpson of murdering his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman on Oct. 3 heard that Simpson had threatened her with the Internal Revenue Service, but that was in a lawyer’s letter telling her that she was no longer to use his address as her own.
The voice Nicole Simpson recorded in her diary is harsher. In an entry from 1988, when she was two months pregnant with their son Justin, she wrote that he called her a “fat pig,” ordered her to get an abortion and drove her out of their house at gunpoint.
The jurors heard that he called his pregnant wife a “fat pig,” but not that he demanded an abortion or aimed a gun at her.
While prosecutors publicized that diary entry and several others relating to domestic violence, and called witnesses to testify that Simpson beat his wife, neither they nor the defense sought to introduce Nicole Simpson’s diary as evidence.
Her diary is in possession of the court, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
The family has a copy, and the prosecution and defense do also. Gibbons said she did not know if the diary filed with the court and the one quoted by the tabloid were the same.
The Enquirer got the diary from someone “concerned about battered women’s issues,” executive editor Steve Coz said Monday, refusing to say if the tabloid paid for it. He said Simpson’s father, Louis Brown, authenticated the handwriting.
Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.
Simpson himself spoke out in this week’s Star tabloid, which includes a paid interview and photo spread with the man who calls his acquittal a “miracle.”
“I’m a free man at last - but now, I find myself hiding from the world, not really a free man,” Simpson said. “It’s like I’m still a prisoner. And I haven’t really had a chance to grieve.”
The Star, which previously paid for exclusive homecoming and reunion photographs, refused to say what it paid Simpson. His emissaries had been shopping a $1 million package to the tabloids, a source told The Associated Press.
Simpson told the Star he is hiding from the media in Malibu, and he often talks to girlfriend Paula Barbieri.
“I have total confidence that things will find their own way,” Simpson says.
“She knows and understands that there’s just no way I can think of marriage now. My children come first.”
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