South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defense in his murder trial.
Reports have it said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton business district after the athlete made disparaging comments about Mortimer’s friends.
Mortimer declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.
But Pistorius’ 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 statement.
The 27-year-old, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fiber 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 last year.