In an clip from his upcoming Monday interview with Barbara Walters for her Investigation Discovery’s Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, Kaelin, now 56, opened up about testifying in Simpson’s headline-making trial.
At the time of Brown Simpson and Goldman’s murders, Kaelin was a houseguest of the athlete. He was brought in by the prosecution to help establish a time period when Simpson was away from his California home and could have committed the crime.
Walters and Kaelin were together at the time Simpson’s not guilty verdict was released, a ruling that the veteran journalist said Kaelin was “shocked” about.
“I remember that because you asked me off camera, you said, ‘What do you think?’ and I whispered into your ear, I said ‘I think they made a mistake,’ ” Kaelin revealed in the new interview. He added that he still believes that Simpson should have been found guilty.
“I could only say what I knew and that’s what I testified to, my opinion about his guilt is my opinion,” he told Walters. “In my opinion, yes, I think he’s guilty. In hindsight, and everything, 20 years later, I think that O.J. Simpson is guilty.”
Kaelin also detailed his memory of the night of the crimes, and recalled helping Simpson pack belongings into a limousine including a backpack that was never found.
“I don’t know what was in there but something in there enough for O.J. Simpson to say ‘Don’t touch,’ and it never was found,” he said, although he didn’t say if he though the bag contained the alleged murder weapon.
In the preview clip, Kaelin did not give examples of why he thought Simpson was guilty, but he repeated that it was “only my opinion.”
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The entire trial and murders will be recreated on the upcoming 2016 FX 10-part miniseries, American Crime Story.
Kaelin will be played by 30-year-old Billy Magnussen.
Investigation Discovery’s Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals airs Monday at 10 p.m.(ET).