Rodney King, victim of the infamous videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers, is the subject of the next episode of "Oprah: Where are They Now?" airing at 10 p.m., Tuesday, October 23 on OWN.
King made headlines in 1991 when he was beaten by police, and again in 1992 with the acquittal of the officers, which incited the race riots in Los Angeles. The network states that in his final interview, taped only two weeks prior to his untimely death on June 17, King, who is joined by his fiance' Cynthia, opens up about his alcohol addiction and how he felt 20 later about the cops who beat him and "the incident that made him famous."
"I'm a different man than I was 20 years ago because of the experience I've had in life," King said. "The world knows me as a person that got beat up by the cops, but the real Rodney King is a 'can't we all get along' type of guy. I'm not the type of person that they have portrayed me to be over the years. I did have hate for the cops for a time, but I know the way my mom had raised me...if I walk around bitter and mad, I'm doing the same thing that they did to me. and that's not the way generations are supposed to leave the next generation.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't forget the beating, but it's not in a negative way, like it used to be. It has turned into a positive way - it's part of history now. I wouldn't change the beating either, because if it didn't happen to me, then it would be a slower process of people being able to get along."
Also, Kato Kaelin, houseguest of O.J. Simpson, reveals his thoughts on Simpson today and what he said to Simpson on the day of the murders. The episode also features updates with Shannon Faulkner, the first female cadet at The Citadel, who won admittance into the all-male military college."