Monday, 15 April 2013

Pistorius partying? Paralympic medal winner defends so called 'wild' night out

Pistorius partying? Paralympic medal winner defends so called 'wild' night out, A spokeswoman for Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee awaiting murder trial over the Feb. 14 killing of Reeva Steenkamp, is defending the medal-winner’s so-called night of “partying” in Johannesburg.

Yahoo! News carried the April 15 response from spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess, who said the 26-year-old athlete had been “very isolated” over the last few months, and had only just begun the process of “interacting with people” once again.

Sources reported seeing the Olympic runner downing shots and flirting with women while out Saturday night at the popular “Kitchen Bar” restaurant and club in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"He was drinking shooters and he was flirtatious," a woman, who asked not to be identified, told the local Sunday Times.

While Burgess did confirm that Oscar, aka the Blade Runner, went out with friends on Saturday, she denied any unsuitable actions or wrongdoing on the part of Pistorius.

“[Pistorius] strenuously and vigorously denies any inappropriate behaviour towards any people or women present, or 'partying it up' with shooters,” she said.

"It was the first time since the tragic and horrific events of February 14 that Oscar went out with friends. He has been out of the house with family, but this was the first time he went out to a restaurant with people other than close family,” Burgess commented.

She also had stern words for the overly emotive media hype regarding what in reality appears to be a very typical night out. "It is regrettable that what was supposed to be a low-key evening reconnecting with friends is now being blown out of proportion for sensational reasons,” Burgess said.

Pistorius left the restaurant when the public reaction to his being there became too overwhelming for his group to enjoy a private night out. Moving to a nearby restaurant, Pistorius was forced to leave there as well due to the same concerns.

Last week, the Pistorius family said the athlete was staying close to home and spending time with those who were close to his deceased girlfriend.

"Over the past few weeks, Oscar has found comfort in spending time and sharing memories with many of those whom she loved, in surroundings where shared memories were created," the family said.

Pistorius is scheduled to be back in court on June 4. He faces a sentence of life in prison if he is found guilty of murder.

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