Though previous mugshots of O.J. Simpson showed the former football star and pop culture icon presenting anything but a smile, a new photo released by the Nevada Department of Corrections Tuesday shows Simpson managing a full-on grin. Simpson is currently serving a sentence of nine to 33 years following a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction, the Associated Press reports.
The public's obsession with Simpson, particularly the 1995 murder trial in which he was acquitted of murdering Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, was revived this year thanks to FX's controversial smash hit American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The series quickly became the most-watched new show of the year, though not without incident.
Attorney Chris Darden, portrayed by Sterling K. Brown in the series, told Today's Savannah Guthrie in May that he's been mostly avoiding the show because he's certain it's inaccurate. "People want a happy ending to what was a terrible ending, a terrible story," Darden said, referencing American Crime Story's hints of romance between himself and fellow prosecutor Marcia Clark. "If I were to say that I had a relationship with Marcia Clark, people would say we lost the case because we were more interested in intimacy than in the law and the facts."
Simpson is eligible for parole on his armed robbery and kidnapping conviction next year, at which point his former friend Ron Shipp believes some sort of a confession may take place. "The guy is in total torment today," Shipp told the New York Daily News Friday. According to Shipp, a former police officer, Simpson is "starting to live with himself."
Defense Attorney Robert Shapiro, portrayed by John Travolta on the FX series, revealed to Megyn Kelly in May what exactly Simpson whispered into his ear way back in 1995 after hearing he had been acquitted of double murder:
"You told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right."
With Ezra Edelman's five-part documentary O.J.: Made in America set to premiere this weekend, we can likely expect even more belated revelations in the months to come. Watch the trailer below: