Christine Prody, the woman who dated
O.J. Simpson for 13 years after he was found not guilty of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, has broken her silence about their relationships. She says that not only does she think Simpson did kill both his ex-wife and her friend, but that she feared for her life while they were together.
“It took me many years to realize and face that hard, terrible truth,” Prody tells Good Morning America of her believe that Simpson murdered the two people. When asked what gave her that impression, she says, “Things he’s mentioned about Nicole, about her having had it coming because of her lifestyle and who she hung out with, mainly Ron Goldman, I guess.”
Prody says she tried to leave Simpson “several times,” but every time she did, “he would find me.” She claims she was the subject of physical and emotional abuse, and says Simpson threatened to kill her.
“I didn’t have anywhere to go,” Prody says. “[The] only place I had to go were to friends of ours. He would come by … threaten, manipulate. I had no choice at that point. I had nowhere to go.”
Simpson is currently imprisoned in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping, but is pleading for a new trial. Yale Galanter, Simpson’s lawyer, says in a statement that Prody’s claims are not true.
“The only person to get taken out of the house and handcuffed for domestic violence was Christie Prody. The only person who has been to drug rehab is Christie Prody. The facts are just inconsistent with what Christie is saying,” the statement reads.
Though Prody denies ever being “taken out of the house in handcuffs,” she does acknowledge that she checked herself into rehab because she had turned to substance abuse to cope with depression. Her attorney, Gloria Allred, says Prody is coming forward simply to warn other women of the dangers of “addictive love.”
“Christie’s message is that addictive love can be very, very dangerous to a woman’s health. He had the power in the relationship. She was dependent on him and he manipulated her. Her life was literally in danger,” Allred says. “What some women think is love can lead to a life and death situation.”
Prody says she hopes Simpson will remain imprisoned so she can enjoy her new life with a man she loves and their new child.