Last night’s episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson really played up the Marcia Clark/Christopher Darden romance angle, and it has viewers wondering if the lead prosecutors in the “trial of the century” ever actually hooked up.
The answer’s pretty complicated. Though it seems like things took a passionate turn, in their respective memoirs in which they recall the intricacies of the case, Clark and Darden tell another story – sort of.
Vanity Fair looked into it and here’s what they found:
“Fact of the matter is, Chris Darden and I were closer than lovers,” wrote Clark in her memoir, Without a Doubt. “And unless you’ve been through what we went through, you can’t possibly know what that means.”
As Nicole Jones pointed out in the fact check of last week’s episode, Darden wrote about Clark with equal affection in his own memoir, In Contempt, and even admitted that a relationship with her had crossed his mind:
Still, why not have a relationship with Marcia? She was attractive and I was impressed by her intelligence and toughness, intrigued by her vulnerability. We were working together as many as fifteen or sixteen hours a day, watching each other’s backs in court and commiserating over the media and other things that no one else understood.
The site also notes that their trip to Oakland really happened. The publication writes:
Their trip to Oakland, which Clark describes as “euphoria,” really happened; Darden even remembered saying goodnight to her in the hotel, though with less sexual tension than appears in the episode.
Taking this one to the grave? Clark and Darden just might be. Tune into the FX series next Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST.
SOURCE: Vanity Fair | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty