Pistorius denies taking 'acting lessons' before murder trial

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Pistorius Denies He Took Acting Lesson Before Trial


It's a claim that could seriously undermine Oscar Pistorius' credibility on the witness stand.

CCTV reports a spokesperson for Pistorius is denying his client took acting lessons to prepare for his murder trial.

The accusations started when South African columnist Jani Allan posted on her website: "I have it from a reliable source that you are taking acting lessons for your days in court."

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. CBS reports he admits to shooting her, but says he mistook her for an intruder.

ITN adds throughout the trial, he's vomited and broken down in tears several times. And that's left some, including Steenkamp's mother, questioning whether the emotion is genuine.

But the Pistorius family insists suggestions the track star took acting lessons are flat-out wrong.

An NBC reporter quotes the family's spokesperson, who says: "This type of comment makes a mockery of the enormous human tragedy involving the Steenkamp family."

Others are just as skeptical of the reporter who made the allegation. After all, she does come off fairly biased in her open letter to Pistorius. Calling him, "the latest in a long line of faux heroes," adding, "It's difficult not to burst out laughing while listening to you."

Here's what Allan said to Fox News's Shepard Smith when he pointed out she does have a personal memoir in the works.

SMITH: "Could this open letter be part of publicity for a memoir?"

ALLAN: "I certainly think it will be. I had no idea it would go so viral."

The trial has been adjourned until May 5. If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius could face life in prison.

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Oscar Pistorius talks on a mobile phone while arriving in a car at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital on May 26 2014 in Pretoria. A South African judge on May 20, 2014 ordered Oscar Pistorius to undergo up to 30 days of psychiatric tests to establish if he is 'criminally responsible' for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Oscar Pistorius talks on a mobile phone while arriving in a car at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital on May 26 2014 in Pretoria. A South African judge on May 20, 2014 ordered Oscar Pistorius to undergo up to 30 days of psychiatric tests to establish if he is 'criminally responsible' for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 5 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 5, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, gestures on the third day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 5, 2014. Three days into the athlete's trial for his lover's premeditated killing, the state called Pistorius' friend Kevin Lerena to testify about one of three other charges against Pistorius. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ MIKE HUTCHINGS (Photo credit should read MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (L), accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,confers with his lawyer Barry Roux (R) on the third day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 5, 2014. Three days into the athlete's trial for his lover's premeditated killing, the state called Pistorius' friend Kevin Lerena to testify about one of three other charges against Pistorius. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ MIKE HUTCHINGS (Photo credit should read MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, attends the third day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 5, 2014. Three days into the athlete's trial for his lover's premeditated killing, the state called Pistorius' friend Kevin Lerena to testify about one of three other charges against Pistorius. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ ALON SKUY (Photo credit should read ALON SKUYI/AFP/Getty Images)
Oscar Pistorius is comforted by a relative in court, on March 5, 2014. The double amputee and Paralympian is appearing in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO: Alon Skuyi/Pool (Photo credit should read ALON SKUYI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius (C), accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, attends the opening day of his trial, at the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
South African amputee Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) arrives, watched by June Steenkamp (R), mother of Reeva Steenkamp, in the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014 on the opening day of his murder trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
South African amputee Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L), accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, looks at his watch on the opening day of his trial at the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) prays with his sister Aimee Pistorius and brother Carl Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
The Gauteng ANC Women's League held a march on February 14, 2014 to the Pretoria Magistrates Court to commemorate South African model Reeva Steenkamp who was shot on this day a year ago by her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius said on February 14 he was consumed with 'sorrow' as he marked one year since he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident. In a case that grabbed international headlines, the world-famous double amputee, 27, shot Reeva Steenkamp through his toilet door, claiming he mistook her for an intruder at his upmarket Pretoria home. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) speaks with his lawyer Kenny Oldwage in Pretoria Magistrates Court prior to an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius prays with sister Aimee and brother Carl before he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Carl Pistorius, Oscar's brother, arrives at the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT)Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Gina Meyers, Reeva Steenkamps close friend, in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius prays with sister Aimee and brother Carl before he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court on August 19, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges, murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. The case has been postponed to March 2014. (Photo by Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
A man walks by newspaper advertising placard marking the anniversary of the killing of South African model Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on March 14, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Pistorius said on February 14 he was consumed with 'sorrow' as he marked one year since he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident. In a case that grabbed international headlines, the world-famous double amputee, 27, shot Reeva Steenkamp through his toilet door, claiming he mistook her for an intruder at his upmarket Pretoria home. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA NOVEMBER 16: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Canteen at Maboneng Precint on November 15, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The double amputee, who now spends most of his time with his family, said he was very doing well, although he sometimes gets anvious about his upcoming court case. (Photo by Johan Eybers/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
June Steenkamp (3rd R), mother of Reeva Steenkamp, attends the opening day of the trial of South African amputee Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the High Court in Pretoria on March 3, 2014. Pistorius, 27, appeared in court and on television screens around the world to answer charges that he wilfully shot his gilfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home in the city, and faces a life sentence if convicted. AFP PHOTO / POOL / THEMBA HADEBE (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20(SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius hugs his brother, Carl Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on May 20, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images - Pool /Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20(SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria High Court on May 20, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is Pistorius' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20(SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius talks to his brother, Carl Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on May 20, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 14: Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court after the judge ordered that he should undergo mental evaluation on May 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa has ordered Pistorius should undergo a mental evaluation as an out-patient at a clinic. Pistorius, aged 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 14: Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court after the judge ordered that he should undergo mental evaluation on May 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa has ordered Pistorius should undergo a mental evaluation as an out-patient at a clinic. Pistorius, aged 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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