'I stood up to Oscar Pistorius'
Cassidy Taylor-Memmory is relieved she reached a settlement with murder accused Oscar Pistorius.
JOHANNESBURG - Pretoria blogger Cassidy Taylor-Memmory has told Eyewitness News in an exclusive interview she is relieved that an out-of-court settlement has been reached with murder accused Oscar Pistorius.
Pistorius had been involved in a four-year long legal battle with Taylor-Memmory following an incident at a party at his house in September 2009 which he was arrested for.
A case was opened against Pistorius after he allegedly punched a door, resulting in Taylor-Memmory's leg being hurt.
The criminal case was never pursued.
It's understood Pistorius settled her legal fees but she says she didn't receive the apology she wanted.
Pistorius's attorney Brian Webber has also confirmed to Eyewitness News that the deal was struck but says it was reached for expediency purposes so the legal team can concentrate on the paralympian's upcoming murder trial.
She says she was harassed by the media as well as the public after the incident.
"I received hate mail on a daily basis. People who didn't know me from a bar of soap were calling me the most horrific names. It became so difficult at a stage that I needed a bodyguard when I went out in public due to all the hate rants."
Pistorius dropped the R2.2 million claim against Taylor-Memmory following Reeva Steenkamp's death last year.
He alleged he lost public appearance fees and felt humiliated after being arrested
He also accused Taylor-Memmory of being drunk and aggressive during the incident, which she has denied.
Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year at his Pretoria home.
While he says it was a case of mistaken identity, believing Steenkamp was an intruder, the state will argue it was murder when the trial starts on 3 March.
Meanwhile, with the anniversary of her death just two days away, Steenkamp's parents have thanked the people of South Africa and the world for the compassion, kindness and comfort shown to them.