O.J. Simpson did not tweet, "I killed her," shortly after joining Twitter on Friday, despite a few inaccurate reports. Nor was his new social media account hacked and sending out fake messages about him having confessed to killing his late ex-wife Nicole Brown. Gossip Cop has the exclusive about how people online and media outlets got duped by a handful of phony Twitter accounts.
On Saturday, the often discredited blog, MediaTakeOut, published a piece it titled, "OJ Simpson 'Admits' To Killing Nicole On Twitter!! (Wow)," along with some screenshots of tweets it maintained came from the new Simpson Twitter account. In its article, the site also offers how it's possible "Simpson's Twitter was hacked" or that "OJ may be trolling people." Of course, it defies logic that Simpson would be "trolling people" by admitting to a heinous crime for which he was found not guilty in the criminal trial, but liable for Brown and Ronald Goldman's deaths in the civil case.
Other outlets including LarryBrownSports also reported about the "I killed her" tweet and stated that Simpson's @TheRealOJ32 account had been hacked. But that's wrong, too. The former football star was not hacked at all.
Instead, as Gossip Cop has exclusively learned, people on Twitter were duped by a similar-looking account with the handle @TheReaIOJ32. Simply, the imposter used a capital "i," which looks exactly like a lower case "l." That imposter's account was subsequently suspended by Twitter.
Simpson's rep confirms to Gossip Cop that someone "replaced the l in real...and replicated the account." Gossip Cop, however, has now discovered another fake Twitter account that has so far sent 31 phony messages. Among the tasteless tweets, pretending to be from Simpson, are "goodmorning i killed my wife," "she's dead i killed her," and "if i could go back in time and unkill my wife i wouldn't."
That account is @TheReal0J32, and it too was designed to trick users. The bogus handle very slyly is using a zero to look like the "O." That account is currently still up, but we suspect now that we've alerted Twitter it will be pulled down shortly.
As mentioned above, on Friday night Simpson started using Twitter, and in a video he posted to the site, he noted right away "there's a lot of fake O.J. accounts out there." Looking directly into the camera, he added before signing off, "I got a lot of gettin' even to do." And then on Saturday, Simpson posted his second tweet, and in that video he expressed, "For years people have been able to say whatever they want to say about me with no accountability, but I now I to challenge a lot of that [expletive] and set the record straight."
Gossip Cop know all about these fabricated tales about him. Just a few months ago we debunked a fictitious tabloid story that contended Simpson told Khloe Kardashian she's his daughter. In addition to Kardashian laughing it off a few years ago when we asked her, Simpson's assured Gossip Cop his client has "nothing to do with paternity regarding any Kardashian kid." Perhaps now Simpson himself will "set the record straight."
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.