FX drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” wrapped its season Tuesday night, and the 73-minute finale averaged 3.27 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The finale detailed the verdict and its aftermath in the “trial of the century” more than 20 years ago.
One of the most interesting reveals in the finale was learning O.J.’s guard leaked the news of the not-guilty verdict to the man himself. This fact comes from the primary source material for the series, Jeffery Toobin’s “The Run of His Life.”
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O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder charges, but was still found liable in a wrongful death suit, which Toobin agrees is the most confusing part of the entire O.J. story.
“Wrongful death lawsuits following criminal convictions are extremely rare,” he wrote. “I was never able to find a single example of a civil case after a criminal acquittal for murder.”
The trial not only changed the lives of those directly involved with the case, but also those who were in the courtroom day after day and personalities who subsisted by talking about it. People made careers out of their commentary, such as Harvey Levin of TMZ and Nancy Grace.
The series ends with O.J. Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) in his backyard staring at a statue of himself having an auditory hallucination of crowd noise. As TMZ notes, if the producers wanted to use the real life-size statue of O.J. for that dramatic final scene, all they had to do was call the current owner of it: Flavor Flav.
The rap legend says he received the statue as a gift from radio host Mancow Muller — who bought the statue at an auction for $3,250 back in 1999. Mancow gave Flav the statue as a gift a short time later — and he’s had it ever since.
Flavor says he once tried to return the statue back to O.J., but Simpson told him, “If I did they would just take it away again.”
The “they” he’s referring to is the court — which would confiscate and then probably sell it to help pay off the $33 million civil judgment to the families of Ron and Nicole.
Simpson’s bronze-plated likeness was confiscated from his home along with a slew of other items back in 1997.
“People Vs OJ… Is this what YALL lookin for,?…Shoulda had this on tha show… The real one” Flav tweeted along with an image of himself leaning on the statue.