One day after “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”‘s huge night at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, the famed attorney sat down with ET’s Lauren Zima at his home, where he opened up about the romantic rumors that have persisted since the infamous court case.
“We were more than friends,” Darden said, cautiously choosing his words. “We were inseparable back then.”
When pressed on whether or not he’d ever tell the whole truth about the nature of their relationship, the 60-year-old lawyer said, “I think I have told the truth.”
“In lawyer land, a half truth is a truth,” he added.
While Darden says he “really can’t remember the details” of his time with Clark during the trial, he was insistent that the two never kissed, sharing, “I’m not a kisser. Kissing is intimate. Kissing is more intimate than sex.”
Darden said that he and Clark haven’t spoken in years — but he thinks if they did, it would be a “great conversation.”
“I think if I called her tomorrow we’d probably laugh our butts off,” he said. “Talk about our kids and people and talk about how we miss some people from the trial.”
When Darden, who fielded interview questions with the same verbal dexterity lawyers bring to an interrogation, was asked how he’d describe his relationship with Clarke in only one word, he chose a very telling noun: “Fire.”
However, Darden then danced around his choice, denying that “fire” had any romantic connotations. “I don’t think fire’s romantic. I think fire’s passion,” he argued.
While he remained as tight-lipped as he’s been in the past, Darden still had nothing but praise for the woman he fought alongside during the most highly publicized trial of the modern age, calling her a “fabulous woman [and] a fabulous lawyer.”
Darden delves into the infamous trial in his best-selling memoir, In Contempt, which he is now re-releasing.
The lawyer, who claims to have never watched “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, also addressed the show’s triumphant run at the Emmys, and praised star Sarah Paulson for bringing Clark as her date, calling the move “first class.”
“I thought that was wonderful,” Darden marveled. Paulson, who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, also paid tribute to the powerful attorney she portrayed while delivering her acceptance speech.
Darden also had a lot of love for Sterling K. Brown, the actor who played him in the FX miniseries – and took home his own Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie — sharing, “People that have watched it said he did a great, great job, so I’m glad for that. I’m glad for him.” Check out the video below to hear more from the prosecutor on what it was like to be portrayed by the Emmy-winning star.
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