Oscar: Runner drops reputational damage lawsuit

2013-03-04 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius has decided to drop a R2,2 million claim for reputational damage because the “merits of the case are no longer relevant”.

The murder-accused athlete’s PR team said yesterday the lawyer in the case, Gary Pritchard, had said they would settle the case. The settlement amount would not be announced.

In 2009, Pistorius was arrested and held overnight after an incident at his house in the Silver Woods estate.

The friend of a former girfriend, Cassidy Taylor-Memmory, alleged that he closed the front door on her, and hit the door, causing a piece of wood to fall and injure her leg.

The director of public prosecutions declined to prosecute him.

However, Pistorius alleged that he lost sponsorships because of the negative publicity.

He accused Taylor-Memmory of lying about the incident (she gave two different versions to the police), saying she kicked the door, breaking the wood off.

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