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ABC News apologizes for mistaken O.J. Simpson ‘exclusive’ tapes

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ABC has been promoting last night’s “20/20” as an “exclusive” that would have featured “never before seen” tapes from O.J. Simpson’s deposition in the 1997 civil suit over the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

Turns out they were seen before: on NBC.

The network’s news program “Dateline” aired the tapes three times, in 1999, 2004 and 2014.

ABC News issued an apology for the mistake.

“We were wrongly under the impression these deposition tapes were exclusive and had not aired before at length,” said an ABC News spokesperson in a statement. “We learned this morning portions did air 15 years ago. We apologize for the mistake.”

Here’s how Dateline NBC responded on its Twitter account.

In this “Inside Edition” preview of the “20/20” show, the deposition is shown.

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