Who Is Britton's Character Faye Resnik?

by Kaitlin Reilly

The infamous 1995 O.J. Simpson case was a major turning point for the American media and no matter what lives they lead, the players in this court case will forever be associated with the trial. The case will be explored once again in Ryan Murphy's new mini-series American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson,and the series has now found the perfect actress for a very important role in the story. According to a tweet from the series creator, Connie Britton will play Faye Resnick in the upcoming 10-episode series. If you remember Resnik's name, here's why you knew it then — and why you might know it now.

Resnick, a friend of one of the murder victims, OJ Simpson's wife Nicole Brown Simpson, played an important role in the trial and became a media sensation in her own right. Resnick stayed with Simpson just days before the murder and just prior to attending an inpatient rehab program for a cocaine addiction. It was Resnick's drug problem that allowed O.J. Simpson's defense "Dream Team" to come up with an alternative murderer theory. The theory from O.J.'s defense was that his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered by drug dealers who sought retribution after Resnick did not pay for drugs, citing the victims neck wounds as a common practice for Columbian drug dealers.

Resnick took the stand and pointed to her friend's ex-husband as the most likely suspect, stating that he told her that he would kill Nicole prior to the murder. However, the reasonable doubt created by the Dream Team was enough to have the defendant acquitted. In the process, Resnick became a celebrity in her own right, posing for Playboy and penning several books about the trial. She was one of the earliest people credited for becoming famous merely by association.

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This complicated character will be perfect for Britton to take on, and if Britton wants the inspiration, she should turn no further than her DVR. Resnick appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a friend of Kyle Richards, where her past with the murder trial labeled her the "morally corrupt Faye Resnick." Resnick did not secure a permanent place in the cast, but her presence was once again a reminder that the Simpson trial is still a fascination with the public.

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