LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 — The publisher of a book by OJ Simpson in which he hypothesizes about how he could have committed the 1994 murder of his ex-wife and her friend, said on Thursday that she believed Mr. Simpson’s statements were, in fact, a confession.

“The book is his confession,” the publisher, Judith Regan, said during a telephone interview. “I would have had no interest in publishing anything but that.”

Titled “If I Did It,” the book is scheduled for release on Nov. 30. A two-part television interview of Mr. Simpson is to be broadcast on Fox on Nov. 27 and Nov. 29.

Ms. Regan acknowledged, however, that Mr. Simpson, who was acquitted of criminal charges in the slayings, did not say directly in the book or the interview that he killed his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald L. Goldman. Rather, he spoke about the murders in the hypothetical sense, a stance that admits nothing and could be viewed as a denial.

But the plans for the book, and the interviews, have created a storm of outrage from family members of the victims and from women’s groups and victims’ rights organizations.

Ms. Regan defended her decision to publish the book, which she said was spurred in part because she, like Nicole Brown Simpson, was a victim of domestic abuse. She added that she was willing to help the victims’ families recover any money that flowed to Mr. Simpson from the book.

Ms. Regan also said she was told that the advance and royalties for the book, which was written with an uncredited ghostwriter, would go to Mr. Simpson’s children and not to him. Mr. Simpson owes $33.5 million plus accumulated interest to the victims’ families after being judged responsible for the deaths in civil court.

Fred Goldman, the father of Ronald Goldman, said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that Mr. Simpson did not deserve the public forum being given to him by Fox and ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins.

“He destroyed my son and took from my family Ron’s life and future,” Mr. Goldman said. “And for that I’ll hate him always and find him despicable.”

Denise Brown, the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, issued a statement accusing Ms. Regan of “promoting the wrongdoing of criminals.”

Ms. Regan defended her actions, saying that she was approached with the idea of a book by “a manager who represents a third party,” and that the third party owned the rights to the story. She declined to identify the party and referred a reporter to a lawyer at HarperCollins. Telephone calls to HarperCollins and its legal department were not returned.

“We contracted with the third party,” she said. “I was told that the money would go to his children. They said the money was not going to Simpson. If it is I hope Fred Goldman and the Browns and everyone else can get it.”

Asked if she would help the victims’ families gain access to the money to help satisfy the court judgment against Mr. Simpson, Ms. Regan said, “If they want any information I’m happy to give it to them.”

A Florida lawyer who represents Mr. Simpson was quoted by The New York Post on Thursday as saying that he had no knowledge of the deal before the news was released on Tuesday. The lawyer, did not return repeated telephone calls for comment.

Mr. Simpson lives in Florida, where homestead laws protect a person’s house against seizure for the payment of court judgments. His pension from the National Football League, which has been estimated at $400,000 a year, also cannot be seized. With no other obvious income, there has been little for the victims’ families to recover.

Ms. Regan said she did not understand the criticism being leveled at her over the book and television interview. Barbera Walters interviews murderers, dictators and criminals,” she said. CBS’s Katie Couric interviewed him, and no one said anything,” she added.

However, an interview with Mr. Simpson conducted by Ms. Couric and broadcast on NBC in 2004 on the 10th anniversary of the murders, drew protest from some viewers.

In 1995, Mr. Simpson had sought a pay-per-view arrangement for the interview, but pay-per-view sponsors balked. NBC said this week that it had been offered the chance to bid on the rights to broadcast the new interview with Mr. Simpson, which was conducted by Ms. Regan, but that it declined.

ABC executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the network, said on Thursday that the network also declined to bid on the interview rights.

Unlike most news organizations that conduct interviews, Ms. Regan’s publishing company paid millions of dollars for the rights to Mr. Simpson’s story. The National Enquirer reported last month that ReganBooks is paying $3.5 million for the rights, but Ms. Regan said on Thursday that the amount was “far less,” though she declined to specify by how much.

Ms. Regan said that Mr. Simpson’s conduct during the interview convinced her of his guilt. A segment of the interview is on Fox’s Web site at www.fox.com/oj.

“When you see the interview, you’ll be stunned by his thought process,” she said. “In my view, this is his confession.”

Ms. Regan said she took on the subject because she viewed it as her duty as a publisher and because “I wanted him to confess for very personal reasons.”

Ms. Regan expounded on those reasons in an essay that she provided to The New York Times. In the 2,200-word essay, Ms. Regan states that she was the victim of domestic abuse and that she was not surprised that many people did not believe Mr. Simpson could be guilty of murder or abuse.

“I’d seen it before,” Ms. Regan wrote, “the men in court, dressed in their designer suits, blaming the women they attacked. I’d seen, firsthand, the ‘criminal injustice system,’ as I called it in my 20s — the system that let him go one night after assaulting me so he could come right back and do it again.”

Ms. Regan also wrote that she believed it was her responsibility as a publisher to bring Mr. Simpson’s words to the public, and she likened her role to “the mainstream publishers who keep Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ in print to this day.”

In her phone interview she said: “I think this confession is a historic part of an event that needed closure. We are all in the publishing business, and our business is to tell stories about what is going on. This is a news event.” Source: NY Times

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