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This story first appeared in the April 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
We went to the Daily Grill in Studio City, which has since been boarded up. She said so many nice things that I think we were both two pigs in shit. We closed the place down.
She and I have a great deal of personal history in common. We both moved around a lot as children, constantly having to readjust to new environments.
The thing that surprised me was how vulnerable and emotional she got when discussing the trial. Her eyes got wet. I could tell this was so painful and so fresh. I don’t believe it was about her personal failure. Injustice was what was so painful for her.
I only knew what had been told to me by the media during the trial, and I was young enough not to challenge what I was told. I was unaware of what an incredibly powerful moral compass drives her, directs her, guides her.
She never forgot that at the center of this thing, there were two innocent young people who were dead.
The prospect of all of this coming around again, to watch her story play out, was absolutely and utterly terrifying to her. I think she finds the positive response to her now equally unnerving, because she’s got nowhere to put it.
We think of her as a strident, tough, aggressive woman, but if any of the men had behaved that way you’d be like, “Oh, look at him go.” And somehow with a woman it just becomes a complete and utter negative.
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