Murder accused, Oscar Pistorius, did not take acting lessons ahead of his murder trial, his family said.
The denial comes following claims from former journalist, Jani Allan, that the athlete had had acting lessons in preparation for his trial.
"We deny in the strongest terms the contents of her letter in as far it relates to our client and further deny that our client has undergone any 'acting lessons' or any form of emotional coaching," said family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess.
"This type of comment makes a mockery of the enormous human tragedy involving the Steenkamp family and our client and his family."
Burgess hit out at Allan saying that her comments were devoid of truth and fictitious.
"Her suggestion that Mr Pistorius 'took acting lessons' is totally devoid of any truth."
Pistorius is facing murder charges after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. The athlete has pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that he mistook her for an intruder.
His trial has been postponed until May 5.