SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ The judge in the O.J. Simpson trial today told jurors that testimony about a call to a battered-women's hot line from ``Nicole'' can't be taken as evidence Simpson threatened or stalked his ex-wife.

Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki issued his second special instruction of the wrongful death trial to deal with a controversial ruling allowing evidence potentially harmful to Simpson.

Fujisaki told jurors that the testimony given Wednesday by women's shelter worker Nancy Ney could be considered only to determine what Nicole Brown Simpson may have been feeling at the time _ and not what Simpson himself was in truth doing.

Ney, of Sojourn House, testified that a woman named Nicole with the same personal history as Ms. Simpson called five days before Ms. Simpson's murder to report stalking and a death threat from a famous ex-husband.

``The testimony is received only to show her (Ms. Simpson's) state of mind and to explain her conduct,'' Fujisaki told jurors. ``The jury must not consider the substance of (the caller's) statements to Nancy Ney as evidence of any event or whether such events occurred.''

The defense had strongly objected to allowing Ney's testimony, arguing that it was impermissible hearsay and that the caller's identity wasn't certain because the caller never gave her last name.

This evidence was not allowed in Simpson's criminal trial, and legal analysts said that Fujisaki's ruling allowing the testimony could give Simpson grounds for appeal if he loses the wrongful death suit.

The judge's instruction means that jurors can only interpret the testimony as what Ms. Simpson was thinking in her own mind and not as what was really occurring.

The judge said her state of mind was relevant in the case because it helped explain what Ms. Simpson may have said or done at a dance recital just hours before her murder. Simpson was also at that recital.

Earlier this week Fujisaki gave a special instruction dealing with the plaintiffs' mentioning that Simpson flunked a lie detector test. The judge had allowed a plaintiffs' attorney to question Simpson on the test, but Simpson denied ever officially taking one _ saying he only underwent a preliminary test run.

The judge said that in light of the denial the jury had to ignore any reference to Simpson failing the polygraph since there was no other evidence he took the test.

Ney testified Wednesday that she received the call from ``Nicole'' on June 7, 1994. The caller said her famous ex-husband threatened to kill her if she ever saw another man.

``She said that she was very frightened. She sounded very frightened,'' Ney said.

Five days later, Ms. Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were killed. Simpson was acquitted last year in the slayings. Now, the victims' relatives are suing him.

Ney was among the final flurry of plaintiff witnesses being called to show that Ms. Simpson lived in fear of her ex-husband, and to contradict parts of Simpson's 2 1/2 days of testimony last week.

The only witness to appear today was a private investigator who was hired by the plaintiffs to drive from Ms. Simpson's condo to Simpson's home at different speeds to see how quickly Simpson could have made the trip after the killings. Plaintiffs' attorneys also read into the record deposition testimony from other witnesses.

Deposition testimony of two Hertz employees, Jim Merrill and Raymond Kilduff, showed that Simpson was concerned about his golf bag while in Chicago just hours after the murders. According to the testimony, Simpson discussed how to get the bag back to Los Angeles as he was hurrying back there after hearing about the killings.

The plaintiffs have suggested Simpson may have been hiding a murder weapon in the bag.

The trial was adjourned for the day after this morning's session and was scheduled to resume Friday.

Along with the hot-line evidence, Wednesday's court session included:

_ Excerpts of the videotaped deposition by Simpson's ex-girlfriend Paula Barbieri about her break-up phone message to Simpson on the day of the killings. In his testimony, Simpson denied getting the message left on his phone center, but Barbieri said she felt, based on Simpson's statements, he did hear it that day.

_ Simpson family friend, Dr. Ronald Fischman, testified Simpson appeared unusually quiet, tired and subdued at a dance recital just hours before the slayings. ``From all the years you had known him ... he never appeared the way he did at that recital, true?'' asked plaintiff lawyer Michael Brewer. ``That's true,'' Fischman said.

_ Leslie Gardner, wardrobe person for an exercise video Simpson taped in May 1994, testified that at Simpson's urging she got a black cashmere sweat suit from a New York designer for him to wear on the video. She said Simpson didn't return the sweat suit but acknowledged on cross-examination by the defense that she didn't know if he might have given it away or if someone else might have taken it home. Simpson has denied ever owning a dark sweat suit, which the plaintiffs contend the killer may have worn. Previously, it has been suggested that the killer was dressed in dark cotton, so the testimony about a cashmere suit may not help the plaintiffs much.