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Spectator offered him a rifle, Goldman says

Published Feb. 14, 1997|Updated Sep. 30, 2005

A spectator at O.J. Simpson's civil trial offered Fred Goldman a high-powered rifle to kill Simpson, Goldman says in an upcoming television interview.

"It was a terrifying experience," Goldman told Barbara Walters for ABC's 20/20 to be aired tonight.

Goldman said he was amazed that during the trial "a perfect stranger would come up to me and suggest that he could supply me, one, with a high powered rifle, and it was not traceable and that I could kill him."

He said the man went on to say, "If I didn't want to do it, he could get it done for me."

Goldman said his reaction was "to get away from this individual as quick as I could."

Goldman, his daughter Kim and wife, Patti, spoke about their anger at Simpson and their feelings of accomplishment for winning the wrongful death lawsuit against Simpson 16 months after his murder acquittal.

Simpson was found liable last week for the June 12, 1994, slashing deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and ordered to pay damages totaling $33.5-million.

This week, Goldman offered to drop all claims to his share of the money for a detailed confession. Simpson rejected the offer, saying, "I would never confess to a crime which I did not commit."

Although Goldman insisted the lawsuit was never about money, he said it still bothers him and his daughter that his ex-wife, Sharon Rufo, will share in the judgment.

"She was rewarded," he said, "for having no relationship with her son whatsoever for a minimum of 17 years."

Kim Goldman said of her mother: "She walked out. And that's the ultimate betrayal."

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