Cassidy & Oscar Pistorius reach settlement
Cassidy Taylor-Memmory tells EWN her lawyers reached an out-of-court settlement in December.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that murder accused Oscar Pistorius has reached an out-of-court settlement relating to a 2009 assault case.
Pistorius had been involved in a four-year legal battle with Pretoria blogger Cassidy Taylor-Memmory following an incident at a party at his house in September 2009.
Taylor-Memmory attended a party at Oscar's house because he was dating a friend of hers at the time.
He was arrested after he allegedly punched a door resulting in Taylor-Memmory's leg being hurt.
Taylor-Memmory says his behavior was aggressive and unreasonable.
She says his behavior surprised her and added she wasn't aware of Pistorius displaying volatile behavior while he was dating her friend.
Taylor-Memmory has told Eyewitness News that her lawyers reached the settlement with Pistorius's legal team in December.
While she won't give details about the deal, she says the athlete agreed to settle her legal fees, but she didn't receive an apology.
She says she agreed to the outcome because she wanted to put the incident behind her.
"I agreed to it because I was so tired of it weighing me down."
Taylor-Memmory persisted with her claim against Pistorius for four years, but the athlete dropped his R2.2 million claim against her.
He alleged he lost public appearance fees and he felt humiliated about being arrested at the time.
Pistorius also accused her of being drunk and aggressive during the incident.
Taylor-Memmory denied this.
Pistorius's attorney Brian Webber confirmed the deal, but says it was settled at his instigation for expediency purposes.
HARASSED BY MEDIA AND PUBLIC
Taylor-Memmory 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."
She says although it has been an extremely difficult process, she has no regrets.
"Some days I wish I had never gone through with it all, but I stood up for myself, which was extremely difficult especially when you feel like the whole country is against you. But I'm proud of the fact that I never backed down and I learned that you should always stand up for what is right, even when you stand alone."
She also denied suggestions by Pistorius's camp that she was only after the money and fame.
"All I wanted was an apology from Oscar and the settlement of the legal fees. I have never made a public appearance or even approached the media about it."
Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva 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.
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.