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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chronicles Paint Violent Picture of Simpson

LOS ANGELES -- In explosive courtroom arguments and legal papers unsealed for the first time, prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson double-murder case have presented a chronicle that purports to detail a violent, abusive 17-year relationship between the accused former star athlete and Nicole Brown Simpson before, during and after their marriage.


The alleged incidents began in 1977 -- the year Simpson met Nicole Brown, then 17 -- and continued up to just days before she was killed last June, prosecutors said, trying to persuade a judge to admit the evidence into Simpson's trial.


Simpson has pleaded not guilty to murdering Nicole Simpson and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman.


Many of the alleged episodes have never before been disclosed. They include allegations of humiliation, stalking and beatings during sex, on a New York street corner, in the back seat of a limousine, in hotel rooms and elsewhere.


A few months before her death, Nicole Simpson told her mother that Simpson was stalking her, prosecutors said. "I'm scared," Nicole Simpson said, according to the prosecution papers unsealed Wednesday. "I go to the gas station, he's there. I go to the Payless shoe store, and he's there. I'm driving and he's behind me."


Just five days before the slayings, Nicole Simpson contacted a local battered women's shelter to say that she was being stalked and that the stalker was O.J. Simpson, said Deputy District Attorney Lydia Bodin. Documents detailing her call to the shelter hot line were turned over to prosecutors Wednesday. Those documents represent the clearest evidence to date that Nicole Simpson feared for her life in the days before she and Goldman were slashed and stabbed to death outside her condominium.


Wednesday's session was held in order to determine how much evidence of spousal abuse prosecutors may use in their attempt to convict Simpson.


Gerald Uelmen, one of Simpson's lawyers, argued that the incidents of alleged abuse were irrelevant to the murder charges. Uelmen characterized many of the altercations as minor disputes in a sometimes "bumpy marriage."


Prosecutors strongly disagreed. "This is a murder case," said Deputy District Attorney Scott Gordon, a former police officer who now specializes in prosecuting defendants charged with harming women and children. "This murder took 17 years to commit."


Some of the allegations are drawn from a list compiled by Nicole Simpson in preparation for her divorce proceedings and feature her own recollections of beatings as early as 1977.


"Early in first year 1977 in San Francisco after his baby died I found an earring in my apartment bed in Beford. I accused O.J. of sleeping with someone," Nicole Simpson wrote. "He threw a fit, chased me, grabbed me, threw me into walls. Threw all my clothes out of the window into the street three floors below. Bruised me."


Others come from a variety of witnesses, many of whom say Nicole Simpson confided to them details of the abuse she claimed to have suffered at the hands of her famous husband. One of the splashiest allegations in the court papers came from a witness who claimed that Simpson once told him that he would cut off the heads of his ex-wife's lovers if he caught them driving his cars.


Prosecutors also disclosed that they recently seized three letters from Simpson to his ex-wife apologizing for beating her in 1989, an incident that Simpson publicly downplayed at the time and to which he pleaded no contest in court.


Prosecutors said they obtained the letters when they drilled out a safety-deposit box belonging to her late last year. That box also contained photographs of a battered Nicole Simpson, a will and newspaper clippings about the 1989 beating, prosecutors said.


"Let me start by expressing how wrong I was for hurting you," one letter begins, according to papers unsealed Wednesday. "I'v never been more disapointed in myself than I am now," states another of the letters, which are replete with spelling and grammatical errors.