Brian “Kato” Kaelin, the famously dodgy witness in the O.J. Simpson murder trial of his wife Nicole Brown, made headlines today thanks to New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams:
Ask Kaelin today, this very minute, if O.J.—currently jailed in Vegas on a separate charge—killed his wife, and I repeat his exact words:
“The statute of limitations has now passed…so I can now say…yes, he did it.”
Adams goes on to ask Kaelin why he didn’t report the truth, letting Simpson “get away with murder.” “I was too scared. I was terrified,” Kaelin told Adams.
Or did he?
Kaelin, now 53, was living in the football star’s guest house at the time of the 1994 killings. He was declared a hostile witness by prosecutors during the criminal trial, due to his vague testimony and rambling, strange behavior on the stand, the LA Times reports.
However, he’s since told various outlets that he does believe Simpson is guilty. “So, do I feel he’s guilty? Yes, but can I prove it? No,” Kaelin told Headline News just last week. “And that’s what happened in the court of law.”
But Kaelin is firmly denying the Post story, telling TMZ that he never had an interview with Adams. “It’s very untrue and it’s terrible to bring up,” Kaelin told TMZ in a video. “I have no first hand knowledge.”
“It’s terrible to bring up something that’s not true and then have the families have to go through everything again,” he said.
When asked what really did happen that night, Kaelin told the gossip site:
“I’ve expressed my opinion before that I think he’s guilty. I think he’s guilty. And I’ve said on many shows, can I prove it? Of course not. I cannot prove it. In the first trial, the jury said he was innocent, and—you know—that’s it, that’s our justice system.”
Simpson is currently serving a 33-year sentence in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping.