South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar
Pistorius was involved in an argument at a nightclub over the
weekend, local media reported, days after his lawyers wrapped
up their defence in his murder trial.
The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with
businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg's
upmarket Sandton business district, reportedly after the
athlete made disparaging comments about Mortimer's friends.
Pistorius' family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said the
argument started after Mortimer started to "aggressively
interrogate" Pistorius about the murder trial, which has
attracted huge domestic and international attention.
"Our client regrets the decision to go into a public place
and thereby invite unwelcome attention," she said in a
The 27-year-old, known as "Blade Runner" because of the
carbon-fibre prosthetic running legs he uses, is on trial for
the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot
and killed at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's Day
Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp after mistaking her for an
intruder hiding in the toilet next to his bedroom. The state
accuses him of shooting her in cold blood after an argument.
The case was adjourned until August 7 to allow the legal
teams to prepare closing arguments. Judge Thokozile Masipa
will then begin her deliberations, extending a trial that has
already dragged on over four months.