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Pistorius family condemns claims he beat girlfriend with bat

Claims in a new book that Oscar Pistorius beat his girlfriend with a cricket bat before fatally shooting her in his home in 2013 were condemned as "outrageous" and "absurd" by the Olympic runner's family Friday.

In a statement, the Pistorius family said no new evidence existed to back up the allegations and called the book's authors "amateur forensic hobbyists" who were only seeking fame and money. It also condemned what it called the media's "often-vicious" parallel trial against him.

In their book "Oscar vs The Truth," brothers Calvin and Thomas Mollett wrote they had seen new evidence, including marks on the back of...

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