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Pistorius family deny athlete took 'acting lessons'

Oscar Pistorius' family say he has not had "any form of emotional coaching". Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius' family have denied that the athlete had "any form of emotional coaching" ahead of his high-profile murder trial.

A blog from South African columnist Jani Allen alleged that the runner had acting lessons before appearing in court charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In a statement, the family said the claim was "devoid of any truth", adding that "Ms Allen has never met Oscar Pistorius and any knowledge she professes to have of our client can only be described as fictitious".