AP Exclusive: Ex-Friend Says OJ Simpson Confessed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former friend says O.J. Simpson confessed
to killing his ex-wife weeks after he was acquitted.

In a new book, Mike Gilbert claims that he was at Simpson's home in Brentwood when the ex-football star talked about the 1994 killing of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Simpson said he had gone to the condo without a weapon but Nicole was holding a knife when she answered the door.

Then, according to Gilbert, Simpson mumbled: "If she hadn't opened that door with a knife in her hand ... she'd still be alive."

Gilbert says Simpson had smoked pot, taken a sleeping pill and was drinking beer when he made the comment but Gilbert is convinced
it was a genuine confession.

Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were stabbed to death outside the condo. No knife was found.

Gilbert also claims he helped Simpson wiggle out of the murder charges by suggesting how to bloat his hands so they wouldn't fit the notorious bloody gloves. Gilbert says he told Simpson to stop taking his arthritis medicine.

Simpson's lawyer, Yale Galanter, says none of Gilbert's claims are true and calls him "a delusional drug addict who needs money."

A former partner of the memorabilia dealer says Gilbert is known for making up stories.

Gilbert's book is called: "How I Helped O.J. Get Away With Murder." It's due in stores Monday but it was released to The Associated Press in advance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-10-08 1326EDT


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