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Simpson arrives to begin deposition

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Statement precedes civil lawsuit trial

January 22, 1996
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EST

From Correspondent Greg Lamotte

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Nearly four months after his acquittal on double murder charges, O.J. Simpson appeared Monday at a lawyer's office to begin giving a sworn deposition in a wrongful-death civil suit brought against him by the families of the two victims -- Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The former football star was accompanied by two attorneys, including Robert Baker, who drove the black sport utility vehicle that carried Simpson in the back seat. They took a back entrance to the office of lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, who represents the Goldman family.

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Goldman's father, Fred, and sister, Kim, arrived earlier and had no comment for reporters. Kim Goldman drove a vehicle with the license plate "MSNG RON" ("missing Ron"). She will not be allowed to sit in the room where Simpson gives his deposition because she is not a party to the lawsuit. Reporters were told that a Simpson lawyer called Petrocelli's office to make sure Kim Goldman would not be in the room.

Attorneys representing the Brown family and Ron Goldman's mother, Sharon Rufo, also were present. The closed-door sessions are expected to last several days. The deposition marks the first time for Simpson to be questioned by opposing attorneys about the June 12, 1994, murders.

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