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Scoop: Garcetti says President Carter told him O.J. would get off

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Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti (pictured in 2000) says he was “blown away” by the new documentary “O.J.: Made in America.” (AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes)

Gil Garcetti, the Los Angeles district attorney in office during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says he was “blown away” by director Ezra Edelman’s upcoming seven-and-a-half hour documentary “O.J.: Made in America” on ESPN.

Speaking to the S.F. Examiner, the former D.A. (and father of current Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti), says he learned things from it, too, such as the fact that Simpson was taking medicine for arthritis — which would increase the size of his hands — during the sensational glove-demonstration portion of the trial.

Until watching the film, Garcetti said he hadn’t fully realized the depth of the negative feeling the black community had for the criminal justice system in Los Angeles; he also said the documentary clearly showed that the way America puts young athletes on the pedestal leads them to believe they “can get away with anything.”

In days leading up to the jury’s verdict, as he was preparing public remarks, he said he was unable to think of what to say if the outcome was “not guilty,” nor could anyone he consulted. He was truly surprised when, in a private meeting with Jimmy Carter — who was town with Habitat for Humanity — the former president told him, “Of course, they’re coming back with not guilty. This is payback. There’s nothing you can say. There’s nothing you can do.”

Garcetti, who has resisted commenting on the case until recently (except for an NPR interview with Scott Simon more than two decades ago), says he first considered contributing to Edelman’s film at the request of his son, who is friends with Edelman’s brother.

A consultant on TV shows “The Closer” and “Major Crimes,” Garcetti didn’t watch much of the recent “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” on FX, saying it “invented a bit too much dialogue.”

THERANOS MOVIE IN WORKS

Hollywood’s about the tell the story of beleaguered Palo Alto, black-turtleneck-wearing entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, and A-lister Jennifer Lawrence will portray her.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence (who earned acclaim as a mop inventor in David O. Russell’s “Joy”) will play the founder of Theranos, the controversial California blood-testing start-up. Once valued at $9 billion, the company is under criminal investigation for inaccuracies connected to its processes and flagship blood-testing device.

Funny Will Ferrell-collaborator Adam McKay, who moved into more serious terrain with his Oscar-winning screenplay for “The Big Short” (based on Michael Lewis’ finance book), will direct, write and produce. The project, however, does not have a studio or a start date.

QUICK TAKES

New York baseball great Derek Jeter, 41, and his fiancee, 26-year-old supermodel Hannah Davis, are slated to be married July 2 in Napa Valley’s five-star Auberge du Soleil. … Justin Bieber was booed by fans in Cleveland during Wednesday’s Cavaliers-Warriors game, and not long afterward, got into a fistfight outside his hotel, which was caught on video, but not reported to authorities.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

First Daughter Sasha Obama is 15. … Model Kate Upton is 24. … Actress Leelee Sobieski is 34. … Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is 42. … Singer Faith Evans is 43. … Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 53. … Actress Gina Gershon is 54. … Singer Maxi Priest is 55. … Bassist Kim Deal of The Pixies and The Breeders is 55. … Prince Philip is 95.

— Staff, wire reports

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