Lifestyle & Belief

Pistorius partying? Athlete denies getting drunk, fondling women over the weekend


South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) appears on February 19, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria as he father Henke (3rd L), brother Carl (2nd L) and sister Aimee (L) attend.



JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa’s Sunday Times claims that five witnesses saw a “relaxed-looking and talkative” Oscar Pistorius out partying in Johannesburg last Saturday.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, which he denies. His family has said Pistorius mourned Steenkamp every moment of the day.

Yet the Sunday Times, the country's top-selling weekly newspaper, claims he appears to be well-past the mourning stage. At a trendy restaurant, witnesses say he knocked back drinks and felt up women. 

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Another guest said he flirted with several women. "He was greeting a couple and then gave the woman a little pat on her backside. It was just so inappropriate," one anonymous guest told the Times.

Another anonymous witness added: "He was drinking shooters and he was flirtatious. He didn't seem like someone [who had] lost the love of his life."

A spokesperson confirmed Pistorius had gone out with friends but denied any inappropriate behavior, dismissing the media coverage as "sensationalist," the Daily Telegraph reported

The allegations come after a judge eased Pistorius' unusually strict bail last month.

A statement from Pistorius' family last week condemned insensitive attacks on Steenkamp by a group of his fans who call themselves the #Pistorians and are active on social media.

"There is not a moment in the day that Oscar does not mourn for his girlfriend and Reeva's family, and all those who were close to her, are in his thoughts constantly," the statement said.

"For Oscar, the process is incredibly overwhelming as he struggles not only to deal with manner in which he lost his girlfriend, but also his role in it." 

Erin Conway-Smith contributed to this report from Johannesburg.