Facing shocking charges of premeditated murder, fallen sporting icon Oscar Pistorius has previously shown himself to be a supporter of the LGBT community.

Pistorius has been accused of shooting dead his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

The sobbing, fragile-looking man in the dock on Friday morning was a far cry from the confident gold-medal-winning Paralympic star who went on to become an international celebrity and sex symbol.

The 26-year-old Pistorius’ past actions have also suggested that he is a friend of South Africa’s LGBT community.

In 2010, he agreed to take part in the annual Mambaonline Sexiest Man Survey, in which South Africa’s gay community votes for its favourite local male celebrity.

More recently, the athlete participated in the It Gets Better South Africa video campaign, set to be launched as part of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre’s In Whom Can I Still Trust? exhibition.

The exhibition looks at homophobia in Nazi Germany and the gay rights movement in South Africa.

Pistorius is one of the well-known figures who appears in the collection of videos discouraging homophobic bullying.

“Just remember that you’re special. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember it will get better,” says Pistorius in his video.

The It Gets Better South Africa video collection will be launched on February 20. The videos will also be available for online viewing on YouTube following the launch.

It is unclear if the video featuring Pistorius will remain in the campaign following recent events. Attempts by Mambaonline to contact the collection’s producer were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.

Pistorius will spend the weekend in jail and will appear in court again next week for a bail hearing.

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