Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic athlete currently on trial in South Africa for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, got into a fight in a nightclub on Saturday evening with a man who “aggressively engaged” him about the case.
The 27-year-old athlete’s spokeswoman confirmed the altercation took place but insisted Pistorius had been sitting quietly in the VIP section of the club, in the upmarket district of Sandton in Johannesburg, when he was approached.
The man, named by South African news website The Juice as Jared Mortimer, claimed Pistorius was “drunk and very aggressive” and poked him in the chest while telling him “you’ll never get the better of me”. Mr Mortimer told The Juice he then pushed Pistorius, who fell over into a chair, at which point bouncers at the VIP Room intervened and the athlete left the nightclub.
The incident comes just days after Pistorius’s trial for the murder of Steenkamp adjourned following the close of the defence case. The case will resume on August 7 for closing arguments, before the judge announces her verdict, which could carry a life sentence, on a date yet to be set.
The athlete shot Steenkamp through a locked lavatory door at his home in Pretoria on St Valentine’s Day last year but claims he believed she was an intruder. The prosecution say he did so after an argument.