December 5, 1995
Web posted at: 7:15 a.m. EST
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- O.J. Simpson has been talking with Cable News Network officials about the possibility of giving his first formal interview since he was acquitted in a double murder trial last October. A CNN spokesman said no agreement has been reached.
Simpson was on trial for nine months for the stabbing murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
CNN spokesman Steve Haworth confirmed that Simpson discussed an interview with legal analysts Greta Van Susteren and Roger Cossack.
Susteren and Cossack examined the Simpson trial daily on CNN, drawing lots of viewers and enough ratings to launch their own show on CNN, "Burden of Proof."
The Atlanta Constitution newspaper reported that Simpson met with Susteren for four hours last Saturday in Simpson's Los Angeles home and quoted CNN president Tom Johnson as saying that neither CNN nor Simpson had made a decision. "Greta made it clear (to Simpson) that there would be no restrictions and there would be a full range of questions," Johnson said.
"If Mr. Simpson does want to give someone an interview, I suspect that he would be the one to announce it," Van Susteren said Tuesday on CNN. (94K AIFF sound or 94K WAV sound)
The newspaper also said that Simpson told Van Susteren that he is planning a direct-to-market video about his life and the trial.
The interview would be Simpson's first major interview since his trial. Shortly after he was acquitted, Simpson made an agreement for an interview with NBC but backed out, citing his attorney's advice that it might interfere with a wrongful death suit filed against him by the victim's families.
On Monday in Santa Monica, California, the civil suit against Simpson by the Ron Goldman family and the Nicole Brown family continued. The judge gave Fred Goldman seven days to decide which items, confiscated from Simpson's estate after his arrest, would be vital to his case.
Los Angeles police and the district attorney are still holding 144 items belonging to Simpson for possible use in the civil suit, set to begin in April. Some of the items include a knit cap, a loaded gun and Ms. Simpson's house keys.
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