Eighteen years after starring in the most watched murder trial of the 20th Century, O.J. Simpson and those involved in the media circus surrounding the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, have receded from the headlines.
Fox411.com tracked down the main players to see what has become of them today, almost two decades since they were the most famous people in the country, for all the wrong reasons.
The break-out star of the Simpson trial was house guest and star witness Kato Kaelin, whose Fabio-like locks and stunning inability to remember key details of the night of Nicole Brown’s murder made him a punch line for late night hosts throughout the trial.
Since the trial, Kaelin has traded on his notoriety and made numerous attempts to reinvent himself as a reality television star, first with a program called "House Guest" where he planned to live in the homes of famous people (hopefully ones without murderous intentions). He posed for Playgirl magazine shortly after the trial, and parlayed that move into a spot on National Lampoon’s Strip Poker pay-per-view programs where he interviewed nude Playboy bunnies defeated at the poker table in something called “Kato’s Guesthouse.”
In 2008, he appeared on the FOX program “Gimme My Reality Show” where contestants like Bobby Trendy, Traci Bingham and Adrianne Curry competed to get their own, even sadder, show. In 2010 Kaelin parodied himself on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Kaelin tells Fox411 he is currently hosting a sports show called “Tailgating With Kato” which streams live on FilmOn.com. He recently had Lenny Dykstra on the show, and will host “Saved by the Bell” alum Dennis Haskins next. He also just filmed a comedy pilot with Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweeten from “Full House” called “Don’t Get Arrested.”
Even though the Simpson trial gave him a modicum of fame, Kaelin says he is pleased it is all over.
“Thank God there haven’t been any more murders,” Kaelin told Fox411.com.
Denise Brown, the sister of murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson, became active in domestic violence advocacy following the death of her sister. She makes appearances across the country to raise funds for women’s shelters nationwide and lobbied on behalf of Arlen Spector’s Violence Against Women Act.
“Nicole's legacy will carry on not just through me, but all through the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act). After Nicole's murder then Senator Joe Biden asked me to come to DC because the VAWA was stalled in Senate Appropriation, after that it was passed,” Brown told Fox411.
Today Brown is a co-host of the D-Talks Internet Radio show which raises awareness of women’s issues and empowerment. She told us her father, Lou Brown, was too ill to be interviewed.
“He worked so hard helping domestic violence organizations and lobbying for change, but he hasn't been involved in years," Brown said. "He's 88 years old and still with us."
Brown said her sister’s two children with O.J., Sydney and Justin, both of whom are in their 20s and were raised by their father, have both moved on from their mother's murder and father's trial. Justin lives in Florida and Sydney is working in catering in Atlanta.
“The kids are doing great. This isn't just a standard remark, they really are doing great,” Brown told us.
Fred Goldman, the father of Ronald Goldman, did not return emails. After winning the proceeds, copyright and media rights to O.J. Simpson’s 2007 biography, “If I Did It,” Goldman has intermittently weighed in on court cases, including the Casey Anthony murder trial, for various news outlets.
One player from the Simpson fiasco has faded into total obscurity. Al Cowlings, O.J.’s boyhood friend who drove the infamous white Bronco, was reportedly working as a handbag sales representative in Los Angeles and facing bankruptcy when journalists checked in with him on the 10-year anniversary of his joy ride. His last public sighting was by TMZ outside Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills in 2007.
And O.J.? After being found not guilty in his criminal trial, Simpson was found guilty of the wrongful deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in a civil trial, and ordered to pay their families $33.5 million. Simpson is now serving up to 33 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping stemming from a memorabilia deal gone sour. He will be eligible for parole in 2017.
Simpson, who is now 64, is also facing foreclosure on his Miami, Florida home. According to reports, Simpson hasn’t made a payment on his mortgage since 2010, perhaps due to the fact that he has been locked up in the Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada.
Check in Sunday to find out what happened to the Simpson trial lawyers, and Judge Lance Ito.