Nicole Brown Simpson's sister broke into tears on the witness
stand Friday as she told how O.J. Simpson humiliated his wife in
public and once hurled her against a wall and threw her out of the
Denise Brown detailed a series of incidents for the jury at his
murder trial - including one in which he grabbed his wife's crotch
at a crowded bar and declared, "This is mine."
As she told of another incident - the blowup at his mansion -
she began to cry, and the prosecutor asked that court be adjourned
10 minutes early.
"It's just so hard," Brown said, sniffling and wiping her eyes
with a tissue.
The trial was recessed until Monday. Simpson is on trial in the
killings June 12 of Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
The defense objected repeatedly to Brown's injecting her
opinions with such remarks as "he loved the attention" and "he has
a big ego." The jurors were told to disregard such comments.
During a break in questioning, Simpson looked across the room
at Brown and shook his head. He appeared to try to catch her eye
several times, but she stared straight ahead.
The 37-year-old Brown, who bears a striking resemblance to her
younger sister, has become a spokeswoman for the family, telling
her story on talk shows long before she testified.
She wore black on the witness stand, with a large cross around
her neck and golden angel pins and earrings. The family has adopted
angel jewelry as a symbol of Nicole Simpson.
In the late 1980s, Brown said, the Simpsons and friends were at
a crowded Mexican restaurant. O.J. Simpson was instantly recognized
and treated to drinks by admirers.
"We were all drinking and goofing around and being loud and
dancing," Brown said. "At one point, O.J. grabbed Nicole's crotch
and said, `This is where babies come from, and this belongs to me.'
She said Nicole Simpson seemed used to such treatment.
"I thought it was humiliating," Brown said.
In another incident for which she gave no date, she said she
and her boyfriend were with the Simpsons at their home, where they
were drinking after visiting a restaurant.
"I told him he took Nicole for granted, and he blew up," Brown
"He started yelling - `Me? I don't take her for granted. I do
everything for her. I give her everything.'
"And then a whole fight broke out. And pictures started flying
off the walls. Clothes started flying. He ran upstairs, got clothes
- started flying down the stairs, and grabbed Nicole, told her to
get out of his house, wanted us all out of his house, threw her
against a wall," Brown said. …