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O.J. goes on Net to answer questions

Simpson says he’s happy, has leads in murder

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LOS ANGELES — A relaxed but rambling O.J. Simpson said Thursday he was a happy man, did not intend to pose nude on the Internet and had new evidence about the murder of his former wife but could not reveal it.

In a two-hour webcast intended to answer what he called any "nagging questions" about the death of Nicole Brown Simpson, Simpson fielded e-mail questions ranging from the bizarre to the gently probing but did not shed new light on the case.

The former National Football League star was acquitted of murdering his former wife and her friend Ron Goldman in a 1995 criminal trial. But he was found liable for their deaths in a 1997 civil trial and ordered to pay the victims' families $33.5 million in damages.

Launching a Web site at www.askoj.com, Simpson explained why he had agreed to a question-and-answer session for which participants paid $9.95 each. "I don't trust TV," he said. "I hate doing taped interviews. They edit it in a way that has a different meaning."

Simpson also said he hoped to raise money for charities for children with cancer, people with brain trauma and prison inmates challenging their convictions.

Simpson is making nothing from the venture. Entertainment Network Inc., the company behind the webcast, declined to say how much of the proceeds would go to the charities.

ENI's most famous other venture is VoyeurDorm, a reality site that provides 24-hour scrutiny of six female college students in the Tampa, Fla., area by means of 55 hidden cameras.

Simpson, who did not take the witness stand in either of his trials, repeated allegations that he was the victim of a conspiracy by Los Angeles police and the media.

He said that blood found on his socks and determined to be Nicole Simpson's by DNA testing had been planted by police and that the predominantly white media were biased against him because he is black. "I believe I won my case in court and lost it in the media," he said.

Sometimes focusing on details of the court case and at others apologizing for losing his train of thought in lengthy answers, Simpson said there had been no police "chase" of him as his car traveled Los Angeles freeways for hours before he was arrested.

"There wasn't a chase. I would describe it as more a follow than a chase," he said.

Asked about his life since his former wife's death, Simpson, who is now unemployed, said he spent most of his day playing golf and dominoes and looking after his two children.

"I have a happy family. I like what my life is now — other than this whirl of having been a murderer," he said.

Simpson suggested that the "people Nicole was hanging around with may have had something to do with this (murder)." He said in television interviews earlier in the week that her friends included "drug addicts, drug pushers and hookers."

But asked to talk about new evidence he allegedly has about the killers, Simpson became reticent, explaining that he could not elaborate.

"There's one thing I really can't discuss because it involves some professional privilege with the person," he said.

Asked, for no apparent reason, whether he planned to pose nude on the Internet, Simpson simply said no.

Other "OJ events" were promised on the Web site and orders solicited for autographed football memorabilia, including a signed replica Buffalo Bills jersey priced at $349.

ENI, while describing itself as "an entirely neutral party in the O.J. Simpson matter," offered visitors $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Nicole Simpson and Goldman's killer or killers.