Cape Town – After a harrowing week in court and being cross-examined in the dock, Oscar Pistorius has now also been accused of lying to the public by the Sunday Times newspaper.
According to the newspaper, Pistorius, who was desperate to protect his public image and his lucrative sponsorship deals, lied to cover up an assault in December 2012 and also lied about his relationship in January last year with Reeva Steenkamp.
The newspaper reports that exactly one month before he shot Steenkamp, he said in an interview that he was not ready for anything serious. However, it emerged in court this week that he had, at the time, been in a serious relationship with Steenkamp.
Meanwhile, around the same time a Sunday Times reporter was tipped off about an alleged assault involving Pistorius. Both Pistorius and Steenkamp denied that such an incident ever took place.
However, in court this week it emerged that Pistorius had in fact been involved in a brawl at a function in Kyalami. He had to get medical attention at Morningside Clinic following the incident.
At the time, Steenkamp also denied the incident and asked the journalist not to run with the story as it would ruin Pistorius’ image. The athlete’s sponsorship deals at the time were worth millions of rands and included contracts with international brands such as Nike and Oakley. – News24