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NZ NEWS – Outrage at airing of Oscar Pistorius movie in the US

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NZ NEWS – Outrage at airing of Oscar Pistorius movie in the US
A controversial TV film about Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius that provoked outrage from the families of both Reeva Steenkamp and her killer athlete lover has been aired in the US.The film, titled ‘Oscar Pistorius – The Blade Runner Killer’ stars South African actor Andreas Dammas as Pistorius and Toni Garrn, who once dated Leonardo DiCaprio, as Reeva.It has been produced by US cable and satellite TV company and was released this week.Pistorius earned worldwide fame after reaching the semi-finals of the 400m during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.The following year, on Valentine’s Day, the double amputee shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.Miss Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, was locked inside a toilet when Pistorius fired four shots from a handgun through the bathroom door.During his trial, the athlete maintained he thought he was shooting an intruder and denied being jealous or aggressive during his relationship with the 30-year-old.After a series of legal delays and a trial over a six month period, he was found guilty in September 2014 of culpable homicide or manslaughter.He was given a five year sentence, but the decision to free him from jail and out him under house arrest for the remaining four years of his term caused uproar.Over a two year period, he was brought before the courts several times.In 2015 the Supreme Court of Appeal convicted Pistorius of murder, saying his testimony was ‘vacillating and untruthful’, and last year he began a six year sentence.The Steenkamp family said they were ‘horrified’ by the film’s release which they described as ‘untrue and incorrect’.They are considering taking legal action.The Steenkamp statement reads: ‘They are horrified and upset to read a report that ‘the movie is told from Steenkamp and her mother’s perspective’.’June Steenkamp was not approached by Lifetime to participate, comment or be part of the making of the film, and did not give the producers any assistance.’Any impression that is created that this is June’s view, or that the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family, is untrue and incorrect.’Reeva’s sister Simone dismissed the movie as simply ‘a money making exercise and very wishy-washy.’She told MailOnline: ‘My mother was mortified when she first found about it. When I told her about it, she said ‘You have upset me now’. She was not happy.’I watched a snippet today and the people don’t even talk proper South African. They sound either British or American, but they certainly don’t sound like South Africans.’The model’s father Barry was left reeling when the moment in the movie she was gunned down by Pistorius popped up on his Facebook feed, the family lawyer said.Tania Koen told MailOnline they had ‘no idea’ any movie had been made.She said: ‘It has just opened all the old wounds for Barry and June.’Pistorius’ family also slammed the movie and said they would be taking legal action.Carl Pistorius, Oscar’s brother, said in a state


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