Pistorius, Taylor-Memmory to settle case

Oscar Pistorius and a woman who accused him of assault are trying to settle the matter.

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on 20 February 2013. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - It has emerged murder accused Oscar Pistorius has entered into negotiations with a woman who previously accused him of assault to settle a pending civil matter he instituted against her.

Cassidy Taylor-Memmory opened a case of assault against the athlete in 2009, but the state declined to prosecute.

Attorney Gary Pritchard confirmed that confidential settlement negotiations were underway.

Taylor-Memmory accused the Olympic and Paralympic athlete of assault and opened a case against him after a wooden log allegedly landed on her leg after the athlete shut a door at his house.

The incident took place in September 2009.

Pistorius spent a night in police custody.

The athlete is claiming damages of more than R2 million for harm made to his reputation.

Pritchard said the legal teams are trying to settle the matter out of court.

Earlier in February, police arrested the 'Blade Runner' at his Pretoria East home for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.