Simpson To Speak

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LOS ANGELES: After backing out of two previously scheduled interviews, O.J. Simpson has agreed to tell his side of the story to Black Entertainment Television tonight. "This interview is probably not a good idea for O.J.," says TIME's Patrick Cole from Los Angeles. "Money is probably driving this decision to some extent, but it is also Simpson's need to be liked. He's used to that, and is probably doing this to satisfy his ego more than anything else. The danger for him is that the tape will be watched very carefully. Psychologists for the plaintiffs in his civil case will be watching his demeanor closely. He could be giving the Goldman and Brown family lawyers ammunition." Simpson, acquitted on October 3 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, is being sued for wrongful death in a civil court.