The People v. O.J. Simpson Criticized By Ron Goldman's Sister: "My Brother Was a Hero"

Kim Goldman speaks out about the new FX series and her brother's murder

By Chris Harnick Feb 04, 2016 3:58 PMTags
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Not everybody is as happy with The People v. O.J. Simpson as Marcia Clark. Kim Goldman, sister to murder victim Ron Goldman, spoke out against the series in an interview with Today.

"I'm forced now to have to endure this week after week," Goldman told Today. The FX series retells the events of O.J. Simpson's murder trial. He was accused of murdering Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson and eventually found not guilty by a jury. The series is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Of course since it's a TV series and depicting events that writers weren't privy too, there are some liberties. But Clark, the prosecutor during the trial, praised to show for its accuracy. Kim Goldman, on the other hand, said she wishes there were notifiers about what's fact and what's fiction.

"What I think is unfortunately going to get lost in this is that my brother was doing a good deed," Kim Goldman said. "And [he] walked in on what we believe was a horrific crime and he didn't run. They don't show that in this and that really sucks. My brother could've run and saved his own life and he stayed to help his friend. I want people to remember my brother was a hero."

Simpson was later found liable for the murders in a civil suit brought on by the Goldman family.

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Toobin told E! News he's in touch with the Goldmans all the time and praised an upcoming scene with actors portraying the Goldman family discussing how good a man Ron was and how the public seems to be ignoring the fact that there were two murders.

"There's a wonderful scene in episode three where the character Fred Goldman comes in and Marcia says I know how you feel. And he says, 'No you don't. You don't know how I feel.' No one can know their pain but they can respect their pain, and that's what we were trying to do here," Toobin told us.

Cuba Gooding Jr., who portrays O.J. Simpson, had a message to the families prior to the premiere.

"I just hope that they find some peace because I can't imagine what they're going through," he told us. "You know, when I signed on to this project, it was because Ryan Murphy was doing it and I want to work with real filmmakers and that first and foremost was my reasoning for accepting this role. Prior to this offering, I had an offer to do a film based on O.J.'s innocence and I passed. So, here I am. So, I don't pretend to try to understand what any of this means to either the Goldmans or the Browns, but I'm an actor. I was asked to do a role. Hopefully I brought some truth to it and that will help in the process of understanding the circus that was this time in America."

Clark stopped by The View recently and praised the series and its portrayal of the racism and sexism involved in the trial and media covering it, but was quick to point out that at the end of the day "let's not forget two people were murdered," she said. "That painful experience we shall not forget."

The People v. O.J. Simpson airs Tuesdays, 10 p.m. on FX.

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