Kato Kaelin believes O.J. Simpson killed ex-wife

Kato Kaelin, the star witness in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, has apparently changed his tune following a purported statement that the latter killed his former wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

The New York Post reports that Kaelin directly implicated the football legend in the murders, quoting him as saying “The statute of limitations has now passed...so I can now say...yes, he did it.”

Asked why he’s speaking only now, the 53-year-old Kaelin reportedly said “I was too scared. I was terrified.”

However, in an interview with entertainment website TMZ, Kaelin refuted the Post’s report and insisted that he never said those things, but told the reporter what he thinks about Simpson’s guilt.

“I have no first-hand knowledge,” Kaelin said, according to the report.

Kaelin was a key witness in the trial, but reports said inconsistencies of his statements prompted the prosecution team to declare the struggling actor as a hostile witness.

In 1995, Simpson received an acquittal verdict, but a 2007 civil case against him found him responsible for the murders.

In December 2008, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison, with eligibility for parole in nine years, after having been found guilty of ten charges including robbery and assault for entering the Las Vegas hotel room of businessman Bruce Fromong and stealing sports memorabilia at gunpoint.

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