O.J. Simpson claimed in deposition testimony that his slain wife abused drugs and left false journal entries about spousal abuse as part of a scheme to void their prenuptial agreement.
Simpson also admitted he was suicidal the day Al Cowlings drove him across Southern California in a widely televised police chase, according to deposition excerpts published Saturday in the Los Angeles Times.Simpson never took the witness stand at his murder trial in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, where he was acquitted of all criminal charges.
Under five days of questioning by Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney for Goldman's father in a wrongful death lawsuit, Simpson tried to explain his ex-wife's journal entries.
Petrocelli asked whether Nicole Simpson "would write notes to herself or journal entries about your beating her when that didn't occur?"
"Yes, that's correct," Simpson responded.
"Why would she do such things?" Petrocelli asked.
"Because she wanted me to tear up my prenuptial agreement," Simpson said, "and I gather her lawyers and her came up with that as a scheme."
Twice, Simpson said his ex-wife was abusing drugs and drinking to excess, behavior that worried him enough to raise the issue with her mother. He said she admitted it to him, and he heard reports from mutual acquaintances.
Simpson also revealed that on the day of the televised chase, he and Cowlings tried to visit his ex-wife's grave but hid in a nearby orange grove instead because police were guarding the cemetery entrance.
It was there he began to discuss suicide and climbed into the back seat of Cowlings' white Ford Bronco clutching a pistol to his chest, he said, though he never cocked it during the slow ride to his home.