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Kris Jenner Says She Could Have Saved Nicole Brown Simpson In New Memoir

Kris Jenner Memoir

First Posted: 10/31/11 11:46 AM ET Updated: 11/01/11 03:16 PM ET

Before the Kardashians were known as a reality TV family, it was their late father Robert and his role on O.J. Simpson's defense team that first launched the Kardashian name into the spotlight.

The Kardashian family had been close friends with both Simpson and his late wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, whom he was infamously accused of murdering in 1994.

In her new memoir, "Kris Jenner...And All Things Kardashian," Jenner writes that she believes she could have saved Nicole had she met with her, as Nicole wanted, the morning of her friend's murder.

According to RadarOnline, Kris writes, "Nicole said, 'Can you get over here...? I need to talk to you. It's really important.'" Then a busy mom dealing with four children of her own and those of new husband, Bruce Jenner, Kris asked if they could put off meeting until the next day.

Kris writes in her memoir that Nicole was adamant they meet, asking if they could instead meet for lunch the next day. "I really have to talk to you about something really, really important," Nicole told her in what would be the last conversation the two would ever have.

The 55-year-old mom-turned-showbiz manager and reality TV producer, explains in the book that the next morning she woke to the news her friend had been murdered. "I instinctively knew that in some way O.J. had something to do with her death," she wrote.

Kris' memoir unveils the guilt she carries with her, believing that, had she met with Nicole when she asked, Kris could have saved her life. RadarOnline reports that a mutual friend told Kris that Nicole had been beaten up by O.J. and had been documenting the 17 years of abuse. "Nicole really wanted someone close to her to know what was going on, so that somebody -- namely me -- could be a witness," Kris wrote.

Kris and Robert Kardashian had divorced years earlier, but it was his defense of Simpson during the murder trial that caused a rift between the two. Simpson was famously found not guilty, yet in a civil suit he was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman and ordered to pay $34 million in damages to their families.

Today, Simpson is serving a 33-year sentence for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies in a case related to him attempting to recover sports memorabilia.

Kris Jenner's memoir is due in stores November 1.


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