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Pistorius family denies he took acting classes for trial

PRETORIA -- A spokeswoman for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday said suggestions that the Paralympian had taken acting lessons ahead of his emotional murder trial testimony were "totally devoid of any truth."

We "deny that our client has undergone any 'acting lessons' or any form of emotional coaching," Anneliese Burgess, media manager for the Pistorius family, said in a statement on his website.

Well-known South African columnist Jani Allan claimed he had been coached for his emotional performance.

"I have it from a reliable source that you are taking acting lessons for your days in court. Your coach has an impossible task," she wrote in an open letter posted on her website on Monday last week.

"Oscar, you are the latest in a long line of faux heroes. Like so many who preceded you, you have betrayed your people and disappointed your fans," she added.

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