In a shocking confession to the New York Post, Kato Kaelin, a witness during the 1994–95 murder trial of O. J. Simpson, has come out and said that the former NFL running back did in fact kill his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.
Kaelin, who gained national notoriety as a minor witness in the trial, was staying in a guest house on the Simpson property and was present at the compound on the night of the murder, reportedly witnessed the events that took place.
Throughout the trial, Kaelin's story seemed to contradict Simpson's version, making him a less-than-ideal witness for the prosecution. Prosecutor Marcia Clark eventually had him declared a hostile witness.
After the trial, Kaelin became the subject of jokes by TV comedians, who made light of his surfer persona, lack of employment, and allegedly parasitic habits. Simpson's children also reportedly mocked Kaelin as a freeloader.
Now, almost 20 years after the trial, Kaelin has told the NY Post, “The statute of limitations has now passed . . . so I can now say . . . yes, he did it.”
When asked why didn’t he come forward and tell the truth, and instead let O.J. Simpson get away with murder, Kaelin, according to the newspaper, said “I was too scared. I was terrified.”
Kaelin reportedly went on to tell the NYPost that after the trial, “People hated me. I’ve been spat upon. They threw gum in my coffee."
OJ was eventually acquitted of murder, but was found responsible for their deaths in the civil trial.