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Date: Wednesday August 02, 2006
Time: 11:00:41 AM
From OJ's Depo.-4-Jan. 25, 1996: ===================== BY MR. PETROCELLI: Q: Now, in I984 there is an incident where you smashed Nicole's car with a baseball bat. Is that true? A: I hit her windshield, yes. Q: And you broke the windshield? A: It cracked, yes. Q: And where was the baseball bat when you got it? A: I don't know. Somewhere around my house. Q: And where was the car? A: In the front yard. Q: And you were arguing with Nicole where? A: I don't know if it was an argument. I wouldn't characterize this as an argument. We were having a discussion. Q: About what? A: Getting married. ========================================= Q: About whether you should get married? A: Well, me not setting a date. Q: She wanted to get married, and you were vacillating? A: She wanted me to set a date, yes, and I was vacillating. Q: And did it then develop into a heated argument? A: No. Q: Where was this? Inside or outside? A: Outside. Q: Then you went inside and got a baseball bat and hit her car? A: No. ============================================ Q: What happened? A: I was outside when she came home. She got out and went and used the bathroom and came back outside, and we were talking about this marriage thing. I was sitting on the front of her car talking, sitting on the side of the front of her car talking-- Q: Mercedes? A: Yes. Q: Is this on Rockingham. A: Yes. Q: Then what happened? ======================================== A: I was bouncing the tire--I mean the bat off the tire. You know, I was holding the bat like this (Indicating), the nub of the bat, and we were talking, and between my legs inadvertently just bouncing, letting it hit the tire and bounce and bounce, and I gather it hit her--it hit the hubcap a couple of times during this conversation, and at one point she walked up and looked and said, "If you dent that hubcap, you're gonna pay for it." And I went bam, and I said, "I'll pay for that, too." She said, "Yeah, you're gonna pay for it," and she went in the house and I guess pushed a button for Westec, then came back out and finished talking, and then we both went into the house. And at some point a Westec guy came, and we walked out, and he was there about a minute, and then somebody else came, who I'm told was Mark Fuhrman. =================================== Q: When you said, "I'll pay for that, too, "what did you hit? The windshield? A: The windshield. Q: Did you break it? A: It cracked, yes. Q: Did you swing the bat with two hands? A: No. Q: One hand? A: Yes. Q: Did you just tap it or hit it hard? A: Hard enough to crack it. Q: You were right-handed? A: Hit it with my left hand. Q: Hit it with the left hand. A: Yeah. Q: Where did you get the bat? From inside the house? A: No. I had the bat before. I hitting balls in the backyard. Q: Hitting baseballs? A: No. Actually I hit my old tennis balls. I had a tennis machine that pushes balls at you, and we played a lot of softball back then, and I used to have a weekly softball game. And I was hitting--you know, the machine would push balls out, and all at once I'd be (Indicating)--batting practice. ================================ Q: I see. And at any time were you fighting with her? A: No, not at all. Q: You wouldn't characterize this as a heated argument or anything? A: And she didn't either. Q: Why did she call Westec? A: Because she said, "You gonna pay for it," and I guess that was her way of making sure it was recorded so that I would pay for it. Q: She wanted security to come out and make a report about it? A: No, because she didn't give them any report when they came. By the time they came, it was like a past incident. =================================================== Q: When the Westec officer, Mark Day, came out there, wasn't Nicole crying? A: No. Q: Didn't you smash the window and body of her car with the bat because she was trying to leave? A: No. No one has ever said she was leaving. She was not trying to leave, no. She had just got home. ============================================== Q: You admitted breaking the windshield to Officer Fuhrman. Right? A: Yes. Q: And Officer Fuhrman treated you fairly on that occasion, didn't he? A: There was no reason for him to be there. We didn't call him. There was nothing for him to do, as he testified, and he left. ================================================= Q: But he didn't mistreat you on that occasion, did he? A: No. If that was Fuhrman, no. He asked a question. I answered it. He asked her a question. She answered it. He stood there and looked and left. ========================================= Q: So you deny having any kind of fight with Nicole on that occasion. Correct? A: We didn't get into--because as I said, by the time they came, it was-- whatever this was over. But it wasn't a fight. Neither one of us yelled at each other or anything. Q: Did Nicole ever do that on any other occasion, call Westec to come out? A: No. Q: You didn't scream and yell on that occasion? A: No. Q: She didn't either. Right? A: No. Q: And neither of you cried. Right? A: No. That's correct. Q: That's correct? A: Yes.