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01/28/2016 10:54 am ET Updated Dec 19, 2016

Kris Jenner Still Haunted By Guilt Over Death Of Nicole Brown Simpson

"I beat myself up because I felt like I wasn't paying attention," she told People.
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With the premiere of "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" just days away, it's no surprise that Kris Jenner is once again opening up about the loss of her good friend, Nicole Brown Simpson. 

Jenner revisits a painful part of her past in a new interview with People magazine, opening up about the guilt she still carries.

Jenner and then-husband Robert Kardashian were long-time friends of the Simpson family -- vacationing together, celebrating birthdays -- O.J. even appears in the 1985 video Jenner made to celebrate her 30th birthday, a parody of the song "I Love LA." 

"I went to bed one night and I woke up the next morning and my entire universe had changed," the 60-year-old said of the day she learned Nicole had been murdered in her home in Brentwood, on June 12, 1994. "I not only mourned the loss of Nicole, but I mourned the loss of O.J. and that relationship."

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After Nicole's murder, Jenner said she saw "all the pictures and the police reports and I heard tapes of Nicole calling 911" from the years of abuse she suffered through.

"That was stuff I didn't know anything about. I beat myself up because I felt like I wasn't paying attention," she told People. "Like, how did I miss this? But that's typical in an abusive relationship -- that the woman doesn't speak out about how she's being treated."

Jenner had previously discussed the murder at length in her 2012 memoir. Jenner claims that she could have saved Nicole, had she met with her, as Nicole wanted, the morning she was murdered.

According to Jenner, Nicole's sister Denise called her claiming Nicole had been documenting the 17 years of abuse, and was planning to show Jenner the evidence. "Nicole really wanted someone close to her to know what was going on, so that somebody -- namely me -- could be a witness," Jenner wrote.

Jenner also admitted in her book that her guilt is amplified since Nicole told her on several occasions, "He's going to kill me and he's going to get away with it." 

Jenner, who is played by Selma Blair in the upcoming miniseries, told People she hopes the show will introduce a new generation to a crime that she says "could have been prevented."

"Domestic violence is a real tragedy in our lives," Jenner said, adding that if Nicole's story can aid in preventing domestic violence and protect other women, "then that would be a really positive thing."

"American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson" premieres Feb. 2 on FX.

 

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