'Heat' is certain it's Joost

2009-02-19 00:00

Pretoria - Heat magazine is "certain" the man in the so-called Joost sex video is Joost van der Westhuizen.

Heat editor Melinda Shaw told Beeld yesterday she is convinced that the man in the video is the former Springbok.

"The video is self-evident. Joost has quite a distinctive voice, and the video is 29 minutes long - that's a long time to watch and listen to someone, especially if you use earphones," she said.

Apart from the video, Heat has no supporting documentation, such as an affidavit from the stripper in the video, to prove that the man is indeed Van der Westhuizen.

Shaw also didn't want to say who the stripper is or grant an interview with her, because the magazine promised not to reveal her identity.

Shaw said the sources who sold the video to Heat said they made the video because "Joost does not act like the role model he is supposed to be". Shaw said they were able to catch him out exactly "because he does things like this".

On the edition in which still shots from the video were published, Heat said they published them because Joost "had a responsibility as a public figure and role model for tens of thousands of young people".

"When we saw the video for the first time, we were just as shocked as you are now. We cringed on behalf of Joost and immediately thought of Amor," the magazine says. "We debated whether we should destroy the tape and maintain the illusion [of Joost], or whether we should reveal who he really is."

Shaw did not want to say under what circumstances, by whom or where the video was made because she has made an agreement to protect the identity of the source. She also didn't want to say whether Heat obtained the video from the stripper herself or from a third party, or whether the magazine personally interviewed the stripper.

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