The company says there were "no strings attached" in its offer to O.J.'s former sister-in-law

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November 21, 2006 02:05 PM

O.J. Simpson’s former sister-in-law, Denise Brown, has accused News Corp. of trying to buy the silence of her family and that of Ronald Goldman with “hush money” before Simpson’s book and TV deal fell through this week.

“They wanted to offer us millions of dollars. Millions of dollars for, like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ money. But they were still going to air the show,” Brown told NBC’s Today show on Tuesday. “We just thought, ‘Oh my god.’ What they’re trying to do is trying to keep us quiet, trying to make this like hush money, trying to go around the civil verdict, giving us this money to keep our mouths shut.”

The families’ response to the offer, Brown says, was “absolutely not.”

A spokesman for News Corp. said the families were indeed offered all profits from the planned book and TV show but said it was not intended as hush money. “There were no strings attached,” News Corp. spokesman Andrew Butcher told the Associated Press.

Before News Corp. pulled the plug on the project, Simpson and News Corp. imprint HarperCollins were set to publish If I Did It, a book about the ex-football star’s hypothetical role in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

A companion two-part interview on FOX, also owned by News Corp., was scrapped as well.

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