THE parents of murdered Reeva Steenkamp are “furious and horrified” about a new Hollywood movie that features Oscar Pistorius shooting their daughter.
They have slammed claims that the movie is told from Reeva and her mother June’s perspective and say they have not given the film their support
Reeva’s sister, Simone, speaking from her home in South Africa, dismissed the movie as simply “a money-making exercise and very wishy-washy”.
“My mother was mortified when she first found about it. When I told her about it, she said, ‘you have upset me now’. She was not happy,” Simone said.
“I watched a snippet today and the people don’t even talk proper South African. They sound either British or American, but they certainly don’t sound like South Africans.”
Reeva was gunned down by Pistorius, the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. He claimed he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
Pistorius pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014.
He denied killing Steenkamp in a rage, claiming that he was trying to protect her.
During his trial, Pistorius denied any suggestion that he knew Reeva was behind the door, often breaking down in tears weeping, wailing and praying whenever details of her injuries were heard.
But after a series of legal delays and a trail over six months, he was found guilty on 12 September 2014 of culpable homicide.
He was given a five-year sentence, but the decision to free him from jail, under house arrest, for the remaining four years of his jail term, caused a public outcry.
Over a two-year period, he was brought before the courts several times.
In 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal convicted Pistorius of murder, saying his testimony was “vacillating and untruthful”, and last year he began a six-year sentence.
The South African State is pushing for a longer sentence, with the case due to be heard in court on 3 November.
The film, which stars German model Toni Garrn as Steenkamp, is due to have a TV premiere on the Lifetime network in the US on 11 November.
The Steenkamps stressed they had not collaborated in the project or knew anything about it being made, and said they were still in mourning for their daughter.
“Any impression that is created that this is June’s view, or that the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family, is untrue and incorrect,” they said in a statement.
A trailer for the movie – titled Blade Runner Killer – was released on Monday, showing Pistorius and Steenkamp in bed, having arguments, before her shooting.
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