Marcia Clark’s life outside the courtroom was depicted in Tuesday’s episode of American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson, detailing how much personal trauma the single working mother was going through at the time.
The prosecutor and her second husband Gordon were going through a bitter custody battle over their two sons, and she was trying to balance prosecuting the biggest case in the country while raising the two young boys.
She was also not getting much support inside the courtroom, particularly from defense attorney Johnnie Cochran who made light of her struggles at one point during the trial.
Then, there were the attacks on her appearance.
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Difficult time: Marcia Clark’s unfair treatment by the media and struggles outside the courtroom were explored in Tuesday’s People V OJ Simpson (above Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown)
Awful: Clark was also told by her boss, Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti (above played by Bruce Campbell) that she needed to meet with a media trainer
In one scene, the episode shows Clark entering the courtroom after getting her hair cut short to shocked stares from the public, causing writer Dominick Dunne (played by Robert Morse) to remark; ‘Oh Lord.’
Los Angeles Sentinel reporter Dennis Schatzman (played by Leonard Roberts) adds; ‘Goddamn, who turned her into Rick James?’
She is met with more bewilderment inside the courtroom from Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and a sarcastic thumbs up from Robert Shapiro (John Travolta).
Clark begins to realize she is being mocked when Judge Lance Ito (Kenneth Choi) says to her in front of the courtroom: ‘Morning Miss Clark. I think.’
She begins to tear up at the table, at which point her fellow prosecutor Christopher Darden (played by Sterling K. Brown) writes: ‘It’s fantastic. I love it.’
This incident came after she was told by her boss that she needed to meet with a media trainer.
The end of the episode depicted an even more difficult incident for Clark though – the publication of her nude photos.
Clark is called into the office of her boss, Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti (Bruce Campbell), who produces a copy of the National Enquirer.
Clark is standing naked on the beach in just her bikini bottom in one photo with her arm around Horowitz.
The tabloid placed a black bar over her breasts.
Garcetti assumes the photos are fake and promises Clark they will sue the tabloid, but she quickly informs him that they are in fact real and the man is her first husband – also prompting her to disclose that she had been married before.
After this Clark is forced to return to the trial, and is shown being met with intense stares as she enters the courtroom.
Judge Ito announces as soon as she sits at the table, trying to hold back her tears, that he is recessing court until the next morning.
In real life, this is almost exactly how things played out for Clark.
Marcia Clark (played by Sarah Paulson, above on Tuesday night’s episode) juggles her home and work obligations while dealing with public scrutiny of her appearance