O.J., Denise Brown Spar on TV

Friday, June 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) — In a bitter confrontation on live television, O.J. Simpson and Denise Brown traded insults, with Brown calling Simpson an ego-driven ``pig'' and renewing accusations that he killed her sister.

Simpson called in Thursday to a live Fox News Channel discussion that included Brown, his ex-sister-in-law. He said he was angry that Fox host Shepard Smith had suggested he had testified that he had taken a polygraph on his ex-wife's murder, which he has denied.

But the discussion quickly turned personal.

``What makes you think you could pass it now?'' said Brown, who was interviewed in a studio in Anaheim, Calif. ``You murdered Nicole and you know you did it.''

Simpson was acquitted of criminal charges in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. However, he was found liable for their deaths in a subsequent civil trial and was ordered to pay the victims' families $33.5 million.

During the show Thursday, Simpson and Brown bickered over money, with Simpson saying he had been generous to the Brown family before his ex-wife's slaying and that Brown had profited from the attention she received in the aftermath of the court cases.

``I avoid the media as much as I can,'' said Simpson, who called from an undisclosed location. ``If there's a door opening, you guys are showing up. You put your faces on TV so you can make money. You're the only person who's benefited from this, Denise. You've made money. You're not on welfare anymore.''

Brown said she and her family never received money from Simpson.

``We didn't get along because you couldn't control me,'' she said.

Simpson retorted: ``We didn't get along because Nicole was afraid you were going to have sex with me.''

``Please,'' she said. ``Your ego is riding a little bit too high ... Simpson, you're a pig.''

Simpson touted an appearance he was planning to make in the coming weeks to talk to the public through the Internet on publiccrossing.com, with some of the proceeds going to charity.

Fox's Smith tried — unsuccessfully — to get Simpson to commit to taking a lie detector test.

``I'm not going to be some dancing monkey for you guys,'' he said.

Simpson later hung up after further discussion about a polygraph and his testimony about taking one.

``It was surreal,'' Smith said about the confrontation.

Brown, appearing on a later Fox News Channel show Thursday, said that after the argument, Simpson called Brown's mother and apologized for some of his comments.