Oscar 'was flirting' on night out

2013-04-15 08:56
Oscar Pistorius (Themba Hadebe, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius (Themba Hadebe, AFP)

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Johannesburg - It emerged over the weekend that murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius was not only seen drinking at a party last weekend, but also flirting with women and behaving inappropriately.

The Sunday Times reported that Pistorius attended a private party at a popular Johannesburg restaurant where he “knocked back” drinks and flirted with women.

Patrons at the Kitchen Bar restaurant at the Fourways Design Quarter in Johannesburg said Pistorius appeared relaxed and happy and was with controversial tow-truck company owner Craig Lipschitz and others.

A woman who attended the party last Saturday said: "He was drinking shooters and he was flirtatious. He didn't seem like someone [who had] lost the love of his life."

Another person said: “I can't believe he showed his face in public, carrying on as if nothing's happened".

Pistorius was said to have been behaving flirtatiously towards women. "He was greeting a couple and then gave the woman a little pat on her backside. It was just so inappropriate," said the guest.


Pistorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess told the Sunday Times that Pistorius "strenuously and vigorously denies any inappropriate behaviour towards any people or women present, or 'partying it up' with shooters".

"Oscar did go out last Saturday with friends. It was the first time since the tragic and horrific events of the 14th of February 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,” said Burgess.

"For Oscar, it was a way of trying to reconnect with friends of his and Reeva's - and these were the people he was out with. 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. "

She said Pistorius left the Kitchen Bar when "public interest became overwhelming".

"The place went quiet when people realised it was Oscar and [the mood] never really recovered from there," said one person.

While some were chatting to the athlete, many others apparently shunned him.


Meanwhile, Oscar's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, confirmed to Rapport that the athlete had been out with "close friends and mutual acquaintances of Reeva".

"We are extremely relieved that Oscar is socialising and reaching out to people. He has been trying to see his friends and re-establish relationships with Reeva's friends and family.

"We would like to see Oscar start training again, but it is clear that he is still in deep mourning and unable to concentrate on his career. It is still very difficult for him. He is still unable to process the incident. He burst into tears yesterday. He was a wreck," Arnold Pistorius said.

Kenny Kunene, Oscar's friend and owner of the ZAR nightclub, confirmed to Rapport that Pistorius is still finding it difficult to cope.

"Oscar is trying to keep afloat in difficult times. It is very difficult for him, "said Kunene.

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