Marcia Clark Is Outraged About This Upcoming O.J. Simpson Innocence Documentary
For the last few months, the hit FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson has been a hot topic, both in the mainstream media and on social media alike. Telling the story of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman in 1994, and the subsequent trial of Brown's ex-husband O.J. Simpson (which would become known as the "Trial Of The Century") the series has reintroduced countless names and stories back into the public consciousness — including someone who spoke out on Tuesday morning. Marcia Clark criticized an upcoming O.J. Simpson innocence documentary on TODAY, calling it "nonsense" and "very offensive."
Clark, now 62, was the lead prosecutor on the Simpson case, along with her co-counsel Chris Darden, and her central role within the trial has seen a lot of increased visibility recently, thanks in large part to Sarah Paulson's portrayal of her in the FX series. Sitting down for an interview with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie, Clark discussed what it was like to suddenly be back in the news again, but also touched on a new series on the horizon that she's none too pleased with: Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent, which is scheduled to air on Investigation Discovery in 2017.
The series will be executive produced by Martin Sheen, and he'll reportedly be providing the narration as well. When Guthrie asked Clark what she thought of this new take on Simpson's innocence — it's easy to lose sight of the fact that he was acquitted, public opinion being what is it now — she replied in no uncertain terms.
I actually know the theory and what they're basing it on, and it's nonsense. Yeah, there's nothing to it. ... I'll tell you why I find it offensive. Because it is nonsense, because there is no real logic, there's no evidence, there's nothing to back it up. Nothing. And they're aiming at Jason Simpson, and that is to me the most hideous thing you could possibly do. He was very close to Nicole, he loved her, there was no motive for him to do this. Simpson's son, Jason Simpson, is the one they're saying is guilty. And he can't defend himself! What is he going to do, say "It's not me, it's my dad?" And what a hideous thing for them to do, I can't even tell you how awful it is. And it's baseless.
What Clark is describing is a theory put forth by private investigator Bill Dear in his 2012 book O.J. Is Innocent And I Can Prove It — a theory which drew some staunch pushback from critics, including a particularly ferocious takedown by journalist Tony Ortega, then of the Village Voice. Dear alleges that O.J.'s son Jason committed the murders, killing his stepmother and Ron Goldman possibly during a violent episode induced by mental illness. The claims have widely been discredited, and Jason has not commented on them.
It's a hugely controversial take, needless to say, as it lifts up an entirely different person to be essentially tried for murder in the press, despite all the evidence at the time of trial pointing so strongly and singularly towards the elder Simpson. And for her part, Clark is very clearly frustrated by the very idea — according to The Hollywood Reporter, Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent will indeed be based on Dear's work.