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Reeva Steenkamp: Mum ‘Disturbed’ By BBC Oscar Pistorius Documentary Trailer

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The BBC are facing backlash over a forthcoming documentary about disgraced former athlete Oscar Pistorius after the mother of Reeva Steenkamp slammed the ‘upsetting’ trailer.

In early November, a documentary about the disgraced former athlete will air on BBC iPlayer and will feature the life of Pistorius before and after he murdered his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

A now-removed trailer was released on social media to highlight the upcoming limited series, and Reeva’s mother, June Steenkamp, has gone public about her feelings towards the documentary.

Appearing on This Morning, she explained that she is “just disturbed by not saying anything [about] that she was the person who died … I feel very disappointed that they didn’t speak about her and give her a name, and it’s quite upsetting for me. It seems tragic that they just used her as the deceased again, which they did in the courts. I feel very disappointed that they didn’t speak about her and say her name.”

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In a statement following their removal of the initial trailer, the BBC have said, “We regret that the original trail[er] did not refer to Reeva Steenkamp directly. We are aware of the upset it has caused, which was never the intention. We have removed the trail[er] and it will be replaced by something more representative of the series, which examines in detail a number of complex issues connected to her murder.”

The series will also air on BBC 2 under the title The Trials of Oscar Pistorius on November 7.

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