Who is Arnelle Simpson?
Arnelle Simpson is the daughter of former football player O. J. Simpson. She started hogging the limelight when she became involved in her father’s 1994-95 murder trial. She stood by her father throughout the trial, which culminated in his acquittal. When O. J. Simpson was arrested in 2008 on account of robbery charges, she once again stood by her father and demanded his release. Her emotional testimony in 2017 played a crucial role in O. J. Simpson’s subsequent release from prison. Arnelle Simpson has always supported her father through thick and thin. Because of her involvement in her father’s trials, she was cast in many documentary series and films pertaining to O. J. Simpson’s trial and his life in prison. In the anthology TV series ‘American Crime Story,’ Arnelle was portrayed by actress Ariel Diane King.
Rise to Fame
Arnelle Simpson was born on December 4, 1968, in the United States of America, to Marguerite L. Whitley and O. J. Simpson. She is the oldest of three children born to O. J. Simpson and his first wife, Marguerite. Arnelle remained close to her father even after her parents’ divorce in March 1979. Though she made a couple of public appearances alongside her famous father during her younger days, she started hogging the limelight only after getting herself involved in her father’s internationally publicized murder trial.
During the trial, Arnelle supported her father and appeared in the witness board, testifying for him. In 2007, O. J. Simpson published a book titled ‘If I Did It’ and credited his daughter Arnelle for inspiring him to come up with the book. ‘If I Did It’ is about the murders of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. In the book, O. J. Simpson gives a ‘hypothetical’ description of the double murder.
Arnelle made headlines once again in 2017 when she pleaded for her father’s release in an emotional testimony. O. J. Simpson was arrested in 2007 and charged with multiple felony counts, including kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, assault, and robbery. In 2008, he was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Nine years later, Arnelle’s testimony for her father played an important role in his subsequent release on October 1, 2017. Over the years, Arnelle Simpson has appeared in many documentaries about her father’s infamous murder trial. She was first seen in the 2013 TV series documentary ‘Mugshots.’ The following year, she appeared in a TV movie documentary titled ‘OJ: Trial of the Century.’ In 2016, she appeared in the Ezra Edelman-directed award-winning documentary ‘O.J.: Made in America.’ The documentary, which was produced for ‘ESPN Films,’ premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival.’ It won several awards, including an ‘Academy Award’ and ‘Primetime Emmy Award.’ In 2017, Arnelle was seen in a TV movie documentary titled ‘O.J. Simpson Chasing Freedom’ and TV mini-series titled ‘Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence.’ She was portrayed by Ariel Diane King in the anthology TV series ‘American Crime Story.’
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Family & Personal Life
Arnelle Simpson’s youngest sibling, Aaren Lashone Simpson, drowned in a swimming pool at the age of two. Her younger brother Jason L. Simpson gained media attention during O. J. Simpson’s murder trial. Arnelle also has two half-siblings, namely Sydney Brooke Simpson and Justin Ryan Simpson from her father’s second marriage with Nicole Brown. After Nicole Brown’s murder, Arnelle took up the responsibility of raising her half-siblings. In one of her interviews, she revealed how the controversies involving her father had an adverse impact on her. Apart from working briefly for a rapper named Hash, Arnelle has struggled to build a career for herself. She currently lives in Fresno, California, USA.