O.J. Simpson 'Struck' Ex-Wife Marguerite, 'Pulled Out Some of Her Hair,' Cop Says in Nicole Brown Simpson Doc

In the first episode of 'The Life & Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson,' an officer recalls responding to O.J. and Marguerite's home on a report of domestic violence

<p>Michael Ochs Archives/Getty</p> O.J. Simspson with Marguerite Simpson, daughter Arnelle and son Jason on January 8, 1973 in Los Angeles, California.

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O.J. Simspson with Marguerite Simpson, daughter Arnelle and son Jason on January 8, 1973 in Los Angeles, California.

In the first episode of Lifetime’s new four-part documentary The Life & Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, a former police officer claims O.J. Simpson was physically abusive towards his first wife, Marguerite Whitley.

Whitley and Simpson were married for over a decade and shared three children before the pair divorced in 1979, two years after Simpson met and began dating Nicole Brown, who he was later accused — and acquitted — of murdering in 1994. During Whitley and Simpson’s marriage, Simpson’s celebrity status as a football star reportedly became a problem for the couple, and there were rumors of domestic violence, which they have both denied.

In the episode, a now-retired Los Angeles police officer recalls responding to a report of domestic violence at Whitley and Simpson's home in the 1970s.

“We were met at the door by a woman,” says Terry Shauer, who arrived at the home with another officer. “She had got into an argument with her husband and during the course of the argument he became violent with her, struck her, and as I recall, pulled out some of her hair. My memory is that there was a clump of hair on the floor in the entryway of the home.”

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He continues, “The children were there. You know, just being kids, kind of standing around and seemed overly upset, that I recall. She was upset. He had left the scene. We spoke to her briefly and kind of got what story we could but she didn’t really want to go into a lot of details about it. She just wanted to leave the house.”

Shauer adds, “She had no transportation. She declined to report and wouldn’t sign a report. She said ‘My husband’s O.J. Simpson, the football player.’ She identified herself as Marguerite Simpson.”

Later in the episode, Whitley’s sister, Veterdata Jones, is interviewed and denies to speak about reports of police showing up during Whitley and Simpson’s marriage, citing domestic violence and physical abuse.

“I don’t think I should go there,” Jones tells a producer behind the camera. “I think [Whitley] should address that herself, if she wants that aired and publicized. I think that’s her prerogative to address that.”

While Whitley is not interviewed, a quote included by producers is later shown on screen saying: “Marguerite Simpson has publicly denied any domestic abuse by O.J. Simpson.”

During the course of Simpson’s subsequent relationship and seven-year marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson, family and friends have long said he was physically abusive to her. The couple shared two children, daughter Sydney and son Justin. Nicole filed for divorce in 1992 and the pair reconciled briefly, before she ended the relationship, seemingly for good in 1994.

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<p>Ron Davis/Getty</p> O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson with daughter Sydney and son Justin in March 1994.

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O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson with daughter Sydney and son Justin in March 1994.

On June 12, 1994, Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman were found stabbed to death in the courtyard of her Los Angeles home. Simpson had been accused of the killings before ultimately being acquitted in what was dubbed the "The Trial of the Century” in 1995.

Though he was later found liable for the deaths at a civil trial, Simpson maintained his innocence in the slayings until his death from cancer on April 10 at the age of 76.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

The Life & Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson is airing over two nights on June 1 and June 2 on Lifetime.

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