Kato Kaelin has been making the interview rounds as FX’s The People v. O.J Simpson airs its final episode, but the world’s most famous 1990s houseguest definitely doesn’t have a fan in Marcia Clark. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the prosecutor slammed Kaelin for his part—or lack thereof—in the O.J. Simpson murder trial 21 years ago.
Clark recounted a story for a 2014 Dateline special that aired on the 20th anniversary of the murders, in which Kato Kaelin claimed that he had been cooperative during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. An incredulous Clark revealed that she stared at the TV screen screaming at the image of Kato, whom she says brought a lawyer with him from the moment he was called in as a witness. Clark also said Kaelin “stonewalled and he danced and he played around” before she had to play hardball with him.
“I had to get a judge to order him to testify — and then he took the fifth. In what world is that cooperative?”
Marcia said Kato Kaelin witnessed a lot of things that could have been used in the case regarding Nicole Brown Simpson’s history of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband, but he chose to withhold important information that could have helped prosecute the former NFL star.
“He really did. And much of it was about the domestic violence evidence, which he witnessed and which he withheld completely. He told the defense everything. Me, not so much. So, yeah, I guess he was cooperative — with the defense team.”
Kato Kaelin, now 57, has definite opinions on how the hit FX series has portrayed him, and how the events leading up to the trial of the century played out. Kato even wrote an essay for the New York Post, in which he pointed out everything the FX drama series got wrong. Kaelin’s talking points include a discrepancy on where limo driver Allan Park was parked while waiting to take Simpson to the airport, the number of detectives that knocked on his guesthouse door on the night of the murders, and a scene that showed Kaelin walking detectives out back to find the bloody glove. Kato also pointed to a scene in which Billy Magnussen, who portrays him in the FX miniseries, is eating a hamburger.
“In real life, I stopped eating red meat in 1983. Perhaps a small detail to some of you, but it makes me wonder if they can’t get the facts right, how much creative license will the series take on other parts of the story that can’t be corroborated.”
Kaelin also criticized Magnussen for not reaching out to meet him in person before he started shooting the series. In an interview on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Kato Kaelin said Magnussen’s portrayal of him was off the mark.
“As far as the acting goes, I think it’s terrific. Billy Magnussen, the actor, is [a] terrific actor. His choice of how he plays me is incorrect. I really wish I had a chance to meet him beforehand, but it was his choice not to meet.”
Kaelin said since the actor never met him in person, his portrayal on the miniseries is instead shaped by media soundbites from 20 years ago.
“It’s based on the sound bites that the media… picked, if they wanted to make me look like the deer in the headlights, if they wanted to make me look like the dummy. Billy’s probably got that to go on. It’s the furthest thing from the truth.”
Kaelin maintains that he thinks O.J. Simpson is guilty of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, an opinion he says he has had all along.
“My opinion has been pretty much the same. Yeah, I think he is guilty.”
Kato Kaelin currently hosts a show called Sports Haters on Dish Network. Kaelin has launched a clothing line called Slacker.
Take a look at the video below to see Kato Kaelin talking about his the O.J. Simpson trial changed his life.
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