Oscar Pistorius has been accused of taking acting lessons before standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp according to Mailonline.
This accusation was made by a South African journalist in an open letter written to Pistorius alleging that he had been taking lessons from one of her ‘close friends’ before taking the stand in Pretoria.
The British-born columnist, Jani Allan, has called the paralympian a ‘faux hero’ who has ‘betrayed people and disappointed his fans.’
Her letter reads: ‘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 the witness stand. You truly represent everything that the West loathes about white South Africans who live extravagant lives in their expensive laagers.’
She told The Sunday People: ‘I have this information from extremely reliable sources.’
She said of him: ‘Terre’blanche (A white Supremacist South African accused of the attempted murder of a black security guard in 1996) was cut from the same cloth as you, Oscar.
‘He was given to boasting, vain in all things, narcissistic in the extreme and flying into terrible rages when things didn’t go his way. I suspect this description fits you.’
She said further: ‘Oscar has to project a complex image of innocence and grief to the mass media and court.
‘His squeaky clean image comes natural to him with his short hair, relaxed wide-eyed response in social interaction and charming smile.
‘What Oscar has to juggle in court is his three public personas: the boyish wonder he stage-managed for the global media – who will challenge any obstacle and which refutes his disability; the humble, controlled, grieving Oscar for public consumption in the courts and the suave flash Harry, fast cars, gung-ho image of Oscar with adoring women draped on his arm.
‘His dramatic, tearful breakdown in court – when the brutal wounds on Reeva’s Steenkamp’s body were discussed – is more likely to be conveniently staged.
I believe such behaviour serves to hide his feelings of sickening guilt and vulnerability.’
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.
The trail continues on May 5.