Controversial billboard questions guilt of convicted rapist and former police officer

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - Former Oklahoma City police officer and convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw is back in the spotlight after a controversial billboard questioned the guilty verdicts he received.

It was promoting an upcoming TV piece about Holtzclaw's trial and interviews with people who claim he was wrongfully convicted.

NewsChannel 4 spoke exclusively with Daniel Holtzclaw from prison Tuesday night.

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Daniel Holtzclaw, center, stands with his attorneys Robert Gray, left, and Scott Adams, during his sentencing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, listens as Gayland Gieger, right, Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, speaks during Holtzclaw's sentencing hearing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. At left is defense attorney Scott Adams. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, looks at the jury as he is escorted from the courtroom after the verdicts in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, puts his head on the table and cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray and at right is defense attorney Scott Adams. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Eric Holtzclaw, left, holds his wife, Kumiko Holtzclaw, right, as the verdicts are read in the trial of their son, Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Protestors carry signs outside the courthouse as the jury deliberates in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Protestors carry signs outside the courthouse as the jury deliberates in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, left, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom along with his attorney, Scott Adams, second from right, for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw is pictured in a courtroom during his trial in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw is led from a courtroom during a break in testimony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, is escorted from a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw listens to testimony as prosecutors continue their case in the second week of his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, is escorted to a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, for jury selection in his trial. Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City police officer facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom during a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom in handcuffs for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This Aug. 21, 2014 photo made available by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel K. Holtzclaw. The 27-year-old Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, provided by the Oklahoma Police Dept., Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw stands next to his vehicle. Holtzclaw, 27, who was a star football player in high school and college, is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Police Dept., File)
DETROIT - 2009: Daniel Holtzclaw of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Daniel Holtzclaw covers his face after the verdicts were read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
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He said he was disappointed the billboard has been taken down, but he's more focused on his appeal.

He said he's confident he'll get a new trial.

"I'm aware that the billboard has come down, and I'm a little disheartened. But I'm encouraged by the ongoing supporters who believe in my innocence," Holtzclaw said.

The billboard was up at I-44 and Kelley with a picture of Holtzclaw in his orange jumpsuit and the words, "what if he didn't do it?"

Victims' advocate Grace Franklin with OKC Artists for Justice said she was shocked when she saw the billboard.

She led the group of demonstrators at Holtzclaw's trial.

"I couldn't believe that someone would have the gall to put that on this side of the community, on the northeast side of Oklahoma city at I-44 and Kelley. It was so disturbing and such a slap in the face to those survivors," Franklin said.

"This billboard didn't claim Daniel was innocent. This billboard didn't accuse the accusers of being liars, drug addicts, of any of those things. It simply asked a question... 'what if he didn't do it,'" Brian Bates said.

Bates was the private investigator on Holtzclaw's defense team and is featured in the series that paid for the billboard.

"That billboard being up wasn't going to do anything to prove Daniel was guilty or innocent. The show it's promoting will help educate an awful lot of people of the facts that have yet to come out until now," Bates said.

Right now, Holtzclaw's appeal is pending.

His attorneys want more time who says it was revealed that, along with one of the alleged victim's DNA, another man's DNA was found on Holtzclaw's pants.

That evidence was never provided to the jury that convicted him.

"I'm very confident in my appellate lawyers I`m confident in my team and the support that I have. I`m very blessed to have that. I`m confident that all the discovery we have found throughout the trial, I`m pretty positive I`m going to get a retrial," Holtzclaw said.

Tyler Media took the billboard down saying it was in the best interest of the community.

The media outlet producing the series released a statement saying part:

"CRTV supports free speech. We are disappointed that Tyler Media caved in to pressure to take down the billboard." – CRTV

"This is a perfect example of why platforms like CRTV are needed," said Chris Crane, CRTV Chief Content Officer. "Too often, if an opinion isn't sanctioned by the Left, it is simply stamped out."

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