EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Brown Simpson's Sister Sounds Off on 'American Crime Story': Two People Died!

by Raphael Chestang 5:03 PM PST, January 27, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Brown Simpson's Sister Sounds Off on 'American Crime Story': Two People Died!

Tanya Brown wants the public to realize that the brutal death of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, should not be considered for your TV viewing pleasure.

"People forget that two people got brutally murdered -- chopped to pieces -- and this is not entertainment," Tanya told ET. "This is not Hollywood."

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ET spoke with Tanya, getting her take on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which follows the infamous murder case surrounding the deaths of O.J.'s ex-wife, Nicole, and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman.

The 10-episode FX miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and tells the story of the trial from the perspective of the lawyers.

"It's kind of funny because you'd think that they would reach out and ask us what is the real Hollywood story, but nobody's reached out to us," Tanya said.

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Tanya remembers O.J. as being "charming on the outside but a monster behind closed doors," but when ET interviewed the NFL Hall of Famer in 1985, he was still in the honeymoon phase of his marriage.

"I'm older, more mature," O.J. told ET at the time. "I think Nicole, my wife, has brought some stability into my life. I never thought I'd remarry, but here was a lady that came in and offered me all the things that I needed."

O.J. and his first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley, split in 1979. He wed Nicole six years later.

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Nicole's friend, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Faye Resnick, gave a statement to ET on Wednesday, expressing both her concerns and hopes for the series.

"Ever since it was announced that Ryan Murphy intended to produce The People v. O.J. Simpson, I have been inundated with the question as to 'How do I feel about it?' All I can say is, for me, it was personally the most heartbreaking tragedy that altered my life forever," she said. "To lose my loving friend Nicole, who seemed at one point to defy the odds of surviving domestic abuse, is beyond devastating. The thought of reliving the events of her death and the trial that followed is catastrophic to say the very least.

"My fear is that it will only open painful wounds for all of us who loved Nicole and Ron and just become another pointless media circus.

"In the United States, a woman is beaten in her home every nine seconds by the man they love. The sad fact remains that there are less shelters for battered woman and their children in our country than there are animal shelters.

"My only wish is that the series serves as a call to action to pass the bills that are pending on the floor of the Senate to continue to fund Domestic Violence Shelters that 3.5 million women and children need as safe havens."

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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J., Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, premieres Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.