As the country gets ready to relive the O.J. Simpson trial in a new mini-series, old wounds are being reopened for those close to the victims. Kris Jenner, ex-wife of O.J. trial lawyer Robert Kardashian, spoke about losing her best friend, Nicole Brown Simpson, according to PEOPLE magazine on January 27.
Kris met the celebrity couple, O.J. and Nicole, when she was 17. They quickly became close friends. She said they were best friends and came to think of each other as family. Kris said that O.J. Simpson was like her big brother. “So I not only mourned the loss of Nicole, but I mourned the loss of O.J. and that relationship.”
The families grew close. Children played together and had birthdays together. And then it all fell apart. Few know that Kris had plans to have lunch with Nicole Brown Simpson the day her body was discovered. Kris’s world was shattered.
Sadly, Kris wasn’t aware of the abuse allegedly suffered by Nicole at O.J.’s hands until she heard the tapes played at trial. It horrified her. She wondered how she could have missed it. She wondered if she could have prevented it. These thoughts still haunt her.
Despite the pain from reliving the horror of the O.J. trial, Kris Jenner is getting involved in the production by helping David Schwimmer portray ex-husband Robert Kardashian, part of the O.J. defense team. Schwimmer told Entertainment Weekly that Kris was “so warm and generous with her time.” He reached out to Kris to learn about Kardashian’s personal life as a husband and father. Robert Kardashian died in 2003.
“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” will definitely bring back memories Kris would probably rather keep buried. Still, she says it serves a purpose. “This is going to introduce a new generation to this thing that took place that was so horrific.”
“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” a 10-part mini-series on FX, will begin on Tuesday night, February 2. Kris feels that one good thing that will come out of the retelling is the pain and possible prevention of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is a real tragedy in our lives,” says Jenner. “[Nicole’s death] could have been prevented. I have five daughters so of course I want women everywhere, especially women of this new generation, to know the story. They need to realize that they have a voice and they need to tell somebody if someone has hurt them. And if Nicole’s legacy can be protecting other women, then that would be a really positive thing.”
To get the full story about Kris Jenner and the O.J. Simpson trial, pick up a copy of PEOPLE magazine on Friday, January 29.