In an interview with Megyn Kelly on May 17, Robert Shapiro revealed what O.J. Simpson said to him immediately after he was found not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife in 1995. According to Shapiro, Simpson leaned over and whispered how he really felt about the verdict, and his words were disturbing in light of his long trial.
Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The case shook the nation for many reasons. It came not long after the riots that followed the acquittal of the LAPD officers who were caught on video beating Rodney King. And there seemed to be a racial divide among Simpson's supporters and those who believed he was guilty.
Shapiro was a longtime friend of Simpson's, and he was an important part of the "dream team" which helped the former football star avoid conviction. The controversial case came back into the spotlight this year thanks to FX's hit miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson. However, Shapiro didn't reveal his private exchange with Simpson until May, when he sat down with Kelly for a special interview.
According to Shapiro, when the verdict was revealed, Simpson leaned over to him and said, "You had told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right." Pretty disturbing, right? It was interesting to hear these words in light of how the case is viewed today. Many still believe Simpson is guilty, despite the jury's official verdict.
If Simpson actually said this, it would mean that Shapiro was rather confident from the beginning that he and the rest of the defense would get the verdict they wanted. During the trial, Shapiro even went so far as to try on the gloves used in the murder — you know, the gloves which helped make Simpson's case to the jury, since they didn't appear to fit his hands.
However, despite Shapiro's hand in helping Simpson evade a conviction, he told Kelly that there was one issue he had with Simpson after the verdict. Referring to how Simpson was openly smiling and laughing after the jury's decision was read, he said, "I thought it was inappropriate. Two people are dead, and there should still be some respect, certainly for his ex-wife." This revelation sheds new light on a case that has continued to capture the nation's attention, even after 21 years.