Pistorius's uncle rushes to his defence
The athlete's uncle has slammed allegations against Pistorius as untruths designed for maximum attention.
PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's uncle Leo has rushed to his nephew's defence, slamming allegations that the athlete was the aggressor in a recent night club incident, as untruths designed for maximum attention and damage.
Pistorius has confirmed that he was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at The VIP Room in Sandton on Saturday night, a venue known for its high-end clientele and A-list guests, but both parties recall different accounts of what happened.
Leo said the family felt compelled to issue a statement as "some of the outrageous claims simply cannot stand uncorrected."
He said while it was unwise for Pistorius to venture out while his murder trial is still underway, those closest to him have witnessed an escalating sense of loneliness and alienation.
He said the family believes these feelings of isolation form the basis of some of his self-harming behaviour.
Leo added that his nephew is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain which explains some of his recent unwise actions and choices.
He said Mortimer has made outrageous claims that are simply untrue and he strongly denied that Pistorius insulted President Jacob Zuma and his family.
He said Mortimer's allegation that his nephew claimed that the Pistorius family owns the South African National Defence Force is bizarre.
The businessman however has maintained that the athlete was drunk and initiated the confrontation after the pair were introduced by a mutual friend.
Leo said his own investigation shows that it was Mortimer who was the aggressor.
But Mortimer insists the athlete was drunk and that he was the aggressor and has dismissed Pistorius's version of events.
At the same time, a defence attorney says while the incident does not appear to breach any of Pistorius's bail conditions, an assault charge could be grounds for it to be revoked.
The athlete's murder trial resumes next month for closing arguments.
Pistorius is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East on Valentine's Day last year.
The double amputee says he shot the model by accident, while the state maintains it was a case of premeditated murder.
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