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South African athlete Pistorius in night club altercation

(Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, local media reported on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defense in his murder trial.

The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg's upmarket Sandton business district, reportedly after the athlete made disparaging comments about Mortimer's friends.

Differing Stories In Oscar Pistorius Nightclub Scuffle

Pistorius' family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said the argument started after Mortimer started to "aggressively interrogate" Pistorius about the murder trial, which has attracted huge domestic and international attention.

"Our client regrets the decision to go into a public place and thereby invite unwelcome attention," she said in a statement.

The 27-year-old, known as "Blade Runner" because of the carbon-fiber prosthetic running legs he uses, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet next to his bedroom. The state accuses him of shooting her in cold blood after an argument.

The case was adjourned until Aug. 7 to allow the legal teams to prepare closing arguments. Judge Thokozile Masipa will then begin her deliberations, extending a trial that has already dragged on over four months.

(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Mike July 15 2014 at 5:57 AM

Why is he even out free?

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lovelaurie July 15 2014 at 6:46 AM

Mortimer knew better than to run to the bathroom during the altercation.

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jeanpoetpicard July 15 2014 at 6:55 AM

Seems the man has a temper. Gee...how odd?

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bambi4318.barbara jeanpoetpicard July 15 2014 at 10:02 AM

He is a hot-head with (had) a gun.

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jeffcrashed July 15 2014 at 6:11 AM

Why have the courts even let this man out of custody...?? Justice systems are flawed around the world I suppose...thought it was just here in the states...my heart still hurts for the Steenkamp's...

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fgulli720 July 15 2014 at 6:27 AM

Money and fame will buy you everything. Why is this ahole out on bail?

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jay love fgulli720 July 15 2014 at 12:36 PM

as you said, "money and fame" so why are you surprised?

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torp8r July 15 2014 at 6:44 AM

Impeach Obama !!

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Anne Boleyns Crown July 15 2014 at 6:56 AM

So glad this d-bag could go clubbing. Wonder what educated, beautiful young Steenkamp is doing? Oh, yea, nothing, because this waste murdered her.

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Sheila July 15 2014 at 7:08 AM

Is this the longest trial ever???

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hynotman July 15 2014 at 7:57 AM

"Ok buddy, let's step in to the BATHROOM and settle this like men. You first..."

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Carl July 15 2014 at 7:12 AM

A month to prepare for closing arguments? This is screwed up, I bet he gets off. Money talks and third world crap hole country's suck!!!!!

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