[ALERT] Pistorius family to take legal action over 'Blade Runner Killer' movie
The family describes the movie as "a gross distortion of the findings of the court".
JOHANNESBURG - The Pistorius family have indicated that they will be taking legal action against the makers of a film about the murder of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius which it describes as "a gross distortion of the findings of the court".
Lifetime Films, which is partly owned by A+E Networks, has released the trailer of Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer, which is set to air in the United States in November.
In a statement released by Oscar's brother Carl on behalf of the Pistorius family, the family says,"the 'film' was made with blatant disregard of both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families, as well as complete disregard for Reeva and Oscar. Neither Oscar, the defence or the family were involved in the production of this 'film' in any way".
"The 'film' is not true [sic] reflection of what happened on the day of this tragedy and the subsequent trial of this matter."
The statement adds that at no stage of the trial process was Pistorius found to have the mind of a killer.
Meanwhile, the Steenkamp family is requesting A+E Networks publicly deny reports claiming they have links to the movie.
Following the release of the movie trailer Blade Runner Killer, the family released a statement distancing itself from it.
WATCH: Oscar Pistorius Movie Trailer - Blade Runner Killer
On Monday afternoon, the Steenkamp family released a statement saying they did not endorse the movie.
The Steenkamp statement reads: “They are horrified and upset to read a report that 'the movie is told from Steenkamp and her mother's perspective'. June Steenkamp was not approached by Lifetime to participate, comment or be part of the making of the film, and did not give the producers any assistance. Any impression that is created that this is June’s view, or that the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family, is untrue and incorrect.”
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)