On American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson, we see the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman play out on the small screen. We also get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the others who were involved in the trial of the century. On the prosecution side, Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark took on Simpson, but also became quite friendly. Watching the TV show, the two carry on a friendship that, at times, crosses boundaries, but the two don’t seem to carry out a truly romantic relationship. But, what happened in real life?
In Darden’s 1996 memoir, “In Contempt,” he implies that the he and Clark took their relationship to a deeper level. His book reads:
She and I were two passionate people thrown together in a trial that left us exhausted and lonely. She was willing to take off her jewelry and go to jail with me over a ridiculous contempt ruling. I was willing to be at her side during her child custody deposition. We sat up listening to hip-hop and R&B. We danced a few times and drank a few bottles of wine. In my mind, that is a relationship.
Clark has not confirmed a romantic relationship of any kind, though she has said that Darden was there for her during the trial. Throughout the trial, both Clark and Darden denied rumors of romance to the media.
Since the trial, they both have lost touch as Clark told Entertainment Tonight:
We were in touch periodically after the trial for years. We ran into each other at times, and got to talk and reminisce, if you will. But we’ve gone separate ways, and we haven’t spoken in quite some time now.
As for what Darden had to say, he told ET, “I have retired from life and bullshit. You can quote me on that.”