The ‘fictional’ murder account and TV special have been scrapped, but News Corp is still being dragged into a £15m pay-out row.
Rupert Murdoch may have abruptly cancelled a planned book and television special in which O J Simpson openly speculates how he could have – strictly hypothetically – murdered his wife. But the furore is far from over for the mogul and his News Corp media empire.
The families of both Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, who was murdered with her over a decade ago, have accused the Murdoch empire of trying to buy their silence.
The book, entitled If I Did It, was meant to go on sale at the end of this week, to coincide with a two-part interview with Simpson conducted by Judith Regan, head of News Corp’s trashiest publishing imprint, ReganBooks. The Fox broadcasting network, another part of the Murdoch empire, planned to showcase the release.
Mr Murdoch personally pulled the plug after his organisation was accused of exploiting the notorious double murders. But Nicole’s sister, Denise Brown, told a TV interviewer last week that she and others had been approached by a company representative before the cancellation, and essentially asked how much it would take to keep them happy.