Alleged girlfriend murdererÂ Oscar Pistorius has been accused of taking acting lessons before standing trial for the murder ofÂ Reeva Steenkamp.
A South African journalist, Jani Allan, wrote an open letter toÂ him alleging he had taken guidance from one of her ‘close friends’ before taking the stand in Pretoria, that the paralympian is a ‘faux hero‘ who has ‘betrayed people and disappointed his fans.’
See excerpts from herÂ letterÂ below:
Â ‘I have it from a reliable source that you are taking acting lessons for your days in court. Your coach has an impossible task. Oscar, I look at you mewling and puking in theÂ witness stand. You truly represent everything that the West loathes about white South Africans who live extravagant lives in their expensive laagers.’
The Paralympic superstar has frequently wept and been sick during the more difficult moments of his trial. Even Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp has also accused the South African of acting out, referring to moments he has wept uncontrollable while sitting in the dock.
A doctor, Dr Denise Bjerkman believesÂ Oscar’s dramatic, tearful breakdown in court – when the brutal wounds on Reevaâ€™s Steenkampâ€™s body were discussed – is more likely to be conveniently staged.
Pistorius admits shooting 29-year-old Reeva on Valentine’s Day last year but denies premeditated murder and two counts related to shooting a gun.Â His trial continues on May 5.