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O.J. Simpson Reveals How Michael Jackson Helped His Family After His Controversial Acquittal

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Ever since the disgraced former football player has been released from prison, he's been quite vocal about his past.

Just a few weeks ago, O.J. Simpson confessed to killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994.

We all knew he was guilty, but there was no way Simpson was going to go to prison without a fight. And quite a fight it was.

The most televised murder trial in the 90s featured a powerful defense team that included the likes of Robert Kardashian and Johnnie Cochran. Ultimately, because the glove didn't fit, Simpson was acquitted.

Despite having killed the mother of his two youngest children, Sydney and Justin, Simpson tried to support them as much as possible.

In an interview with The Buffalo News, Simpson opened up about his prison sentence for kidnapping and robbery charges, former career, and plans for "retirement."

He revealed that one of the most difficult things about being locked up was not being able to pay his respects to his friends and relatives that passed away.

Simpson said he was shocked to hear about The King of Pop's death in 2009, and revealed just how close the two were.

If Michael Jackson's life wasn't controversial enough, Simpson's story may just add more fuel to the fire...

Simpson told reporter Tim Graham that he was worried about taking his kids anywhere in fear of being followed and harassed by paparazzi.

At the time, Simpson told his friend and neighbor Jermaine Jackson, Michael's older brother, about all his troubles, who tried to help him out.

One day he got a call from Michael asking him and his kids to visit his famous Neverland ranch.

"There came a point where my kids would come up with their best friends and stay long weekends at Neverland Ranch, with everything available to us. We were the only ones there," Simpson said.

"This place was incredible, like being at the zoo and amusement park at the same time, with a Ferris wheel and bumper cars and a big movie theater," he remembered. "He had first-run movies and nobody behind the counter. The popcorn and candy, the kids would go get whatever they want."

Simpson and his kids visited the ranch for years, and Michael paid for all their expenses!

It's unclear why the Jacksons supported Simpson following his acquittal, but it's definitely no secret that they wanted their relationship to be kept on the down-low.

Some believe that Michael may have sympathized with Simpson since he was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993.

Do you think the Jackson family should have supported Simpson and his kids?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.