Claims that Oscar Pistorius took acting lessons prior to taking the stand in his own murder trial have been firmly denied by a family spokeswoman.
Paralympic and Olympic track star Pistorius denies the pre-meditated murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - as well as illegal possession of ammunition and two further charges of shooting a gun in public - and was called to give evidence that lasted five days by the defence at the High Court in Pretoria over a week ago.
Pistorius - as he has throughout the trial - showed a great deal of emotion during his testimony as he recounted the events of the night he shot and killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013, with reports from a South African journalist suggesting that the 27-year-old was being coached by a famous actor friend.
However, such suggestions have been quickly refuted by the Pistorius family's media manager on the athlete's official website.
"We "deny that our client has undergone any 'acting lessons' or any form of emotional coaching," Anneliese Burgess said in a statement that was cited by The Guardian.
If found guilty of murder, Pistorius could face up to life imprisonment.
South Africa does not operate a jury system akin to the one used in the United Kingdom, with his eventual fate set to be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who will consult with her assessors.
Pistroius' trial will resume on May 5 after a two-week adjournment.
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