Reeva Steenkamp told Oscar Pistorius she was “scared” of his jealous tantrums just weeks before he shot her dead, a court heard today.
In a series of WhatsApp messages read to the court, the athlete’s former girlfriend complained about his behaviour and said: “I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you AND be attacked by you – the one person I deserve protection from.”
The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year-old model and law graduate Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder, saying he was deeply in love with Steenkamp, whom he had been dating for a few months, and that he mistook for an intruder hiding in a toilet at his luxury Pretoria home.
Read the WhatsApp messages shown in court today:
January 27, 2013 After an engagement party (verbatim):
RS to OP: I’m not 100% sure why I’m sitting down to type you a message first but perhaps it says a lot about what’s going on here. Today was one of my best friend’s engagements and I wanted to stay longer I was enjoying myself but it’s over now. You have picked on me incessantly since you got back from CT and I understand that youare sick but it’s nasty. Yesterday wasn’t nice for either of us but we managed to pull through and communicate well enough to show our care for each other isgreater than the drama that attacked us. I was not flirting with anyone today. I feel sick that you suggested that and that you made a scene at the table and made us leave early. I’m terribly disappointed in how the day ended and how you left me. We are living in a double standard relationship where you can be mad about how I deal with stuff when you are very quick to act cold and offish when you’re unhappy. Every 5 seconds I hear how you dated another chick. You really have dated a lot of people yet you get upset if I mention ONE funny story with a long term boyfriend. I do everything to make you happy and to not say anything to rock the boat with u. You do everything to throw tantrums in front of people. I have been upset by you for 2 days now. I’m so upset I left Darren’s party earl. SO upset. I can’t get that day back. I’m scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy 90% of the time and I think we are amazing together but I am not some other bitch you may know tryingto kill your vibe. I am the girl who let go with u even when I was scared out of my mind to. I’m the girl who fell in love with u and wanted to tell u this weekend. But I’m also the girl that gets sidestepped when you are in a shit mood. When I feel you think u have me so why try anymore. I get snapped at and told my accents and voices are annoying. I touch your neck to show u I care and you tell me to stop. Stop chewing gum. Do this don’t do that. You don’t want to hear stuff cut me off. Your endorsements your reputation your impression of someone innocent blown out of proportion and fucked up a special day for me. I’m sorry if you truly felt I was hitting on my friend Sams husband and I’m sorry that u think that little of me. From the outside I think it looks like we are a struggle and maybe that’s what we are. I just want to love and be loved. Be happy and make someone SO happy. Maybe we can’t do that for each other. Cos right now I know u aren’t happy and I am certainly very unhappy and sad.
OP to RS: Please let me know when I can call you
RS to OP: I’m here
OP to RS: I want to talk to you. I want to sort this out. I don’t want to have anything less than amazing for you and I. I am sorry for the things I say without thinking and for taking offense to some of your actions.The fact that I’m tired and sick isn’t an excuse. I was upset that you just left me after we got food to go talk to a guy and I was standing right behind you watching you touch his arm and ignore me. And when I spoke up you introduced me which you could’ve done but when I left you just kept on chatting to him when clearly I was upset. I asked Martin to put on that Kendrick Lamar album in the car and don’t know it. Granted that it was a shit song but you should’ve just lent forward and whispered in my ear to change it seeing as I had to drive to pick up your friend. I was 30 minutes late and I know you don’t like it when I drive fast but then you could’ve asked Gina to drive herself so that we wouldn’t have to. When we left I was starving the only good I had had was a tiny wrap and everyone was leaving for lunch. I’m sorry I wanted to go but I was hungry and upset and although you knew it, it wasn’t like you came to chat to me when I left the table. I was upset when I left you cos I thought you were coming to me. I’m sorry I asked you to stop tapping my neck yesterday, I know you were just trying to show me love. I had a mad headache and should’ve just spoken to you softly. In sorry for asking you not to put on an accent last night pretty much the same and didn’t have the energy.
February 8, 2013
RS to OP: I like to believe that I made you proud when I attend these kind of functions with you. I present myself well and can converse with others while you are off busy chatting to fans and friends. I also knew people there tonight and whilst you were having one or two pics taken I was saying goodbye to the people in my industry and Fitz wanted a photo with me. I was just being cordial by saying goodbye whilst you were busy. I completely understood your desperation to leave and thought I would be helping you by getting to the exit before you because I can’t rush on the heels I was wearing. I thought it would make a difference in us getting out without you gettingharassed anymore. I didn’t think you would criticize me for doing that especially not so loudly so that others could hear. I might joke around and be all Tom boyish at times but I regard myself as a lady and I didn’t feel like
one tonight after the way you treated me when we left. I’m a person too and Iappreciate that you invited me out tonight and I realize that you get harassed but I am trying my best to make you happy and I feel as though you sometimes never area, no matter the effort I put in. I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you and be attacked by you – the one person I deserve protection from.
Steenkamp drug use sent 19 January, 2013
RS to OP: Baba
OP to RS: Yes.
RS to OP: There are a lot of things that could make us both feel like shit.
RS to OP: I’m just very honest
RS to OP: I won’t always think before I say something just appreciate that I’m not a liar.
OP to RS: I know. It was just when you got back from tropica you made it sound like you had only smoked weed once and then last night that came out. I don’t know how many times you took or if you took other things or what you did when you were on them
RS to OP: I’m sorry if it upset you it wasn’t my intention
OP to RS: I do appreciate it. could never be with someone that was (a liar)
RS to OP: Me neither
RS to OP: It’s like I see rabbit things in your house and when we go places you take pics of them everywhere. For me I’m thinking who do you have that connection with? And the same things will play on your mind. At the end of the day this is now not then
RS to OP: I wasn’t a stripper or a ho
RS to OP: I certainly have never been a prude and I’ve had fun but all innocent and without harmful repercussions.
Re incident at Tasha’s restaurant where a gun Pistorius was holding went off. It’s one of the charges against him.
OP to RS: Angel please don’t say a thing to anyone. Darren told everyone it was his fault. I can’t afford for that to come out. The guys promised not to say a thing.
RS to OP: I have no idea what you talking about 🙂
RS to OP: But thank u for telling me I appreciate it x