Oscar Pistorius Vomits in Courtroom During 'Graphic' Testimony

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PREORIA, South Africa -- Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius vomited in court while a pathologist testified at his murder trial on Monday.

A bucket was placed in the dock before Professor Gert Saayman, who carried out an autopsy on the Olympian's slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, took the stand.

Olympic star Oscar Pistorius reaches for a bucket during his murder trial on Monday.SIPHIWE SIBEKO / Reuters

NBC News' Aliza Nadi reported that Pistorius was seen "breaking down, loudly gagging, retching" as Saayman spoke, adding that he later threw up.

Earlier, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that Saayman's "explicitly graphic" evidence could not be broadcast or tweeted but could be summarized by the media.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked the judge to bar broadcasting of the expert's testimony. Pistorius' lead defense lawyer Barry Roux supported the move.

Pistorius is accused of premeditated murder after fatally shooting Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, on Valentine's Day 2013. The athlete says he mistook her for an intruder.

The trial continues.