Jewish World Review Oct. 7, 2003 / 11 Tishrei, 5764
Schwarzenegger admits praising O.J.
Happened on rowdy movie set, actor says
The Schwarzenegger gubernatorial campaign took yet another body blow today, as a 1997 interview revealed that Mr. Schwarzenegger effusively praised former football star and murder suspect O.J. Simpson while on a rowdy movie set.
In the interview, the actor reportedly said that he admired Mr. Simpson for his ability "to maneuver his way out of really bad things he is accused of."
Expanding on his theme, Mr. Schwarzenegger said, "If you get accused of terrible things but still manage to get away with them, you will go far in America," adding, "O.J. Simpson is the man!"
Campaigning in Pomona today, the embattled actor sought to explain his praise of Mr. Simpson, accused of murdering his wife Nicole in 1994.
"Yes, it is true, I said I admired O.J. Simpson, but I said it on a rowdy movie set," Mr. Schwarzenegger said. "On a rowdy movie set you will say you admire people you would not say you admired if you were not on a rowdy movie set."
Continuing his explanation, Mr. Schwarzenegger said, "I can't imagine ever saying that I admired O.J. Simpson for murdering his wife, since I am strongly opposed to the murdering of wives.""
At his side, Mr. Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver added, "Arnold has never shown even the slightest intention of murdering me, and I think that would make him a great Governor."
Hoping to put the latest controversy to rest, Mr. Schwarzenegger concluded, "It is true that I admired O.J. Simpson, but I certainly did not admire him enough to grope him."
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