Now It Gets Interesting

It seems that Uncle Rupert was so set on airing O. J. Simpson’s near-confession during Sweeps Week that he was willing to payhush money to the families of Simpson’s alleged victims.

The O.J. Simpson book saga took another twist Tuesday when his former sister-in-law, Denise Brown, accused the media company behind the project of trying to buy her family’s silence for “millions of dollars.”


A spokesman for News Corp., owner of Fox Broadcasting and publisher HarperCollins, confirmed that the company had conversations with representatives of Nicole Brown Simpson’s and Ron Goldman’s families over the past week and that the families were offered profits from the planned Simpson book and television show, but he denied that it was hush money.


Denise Brown told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday that her family saw it as hush money.

“They wanted to offer us millions of dollars. Millions of dollars for, like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ money. But they were still going to air the show,” Brown said. “That’s what the ironic thing is … they were going to do the show.”