March 22, 2018

Shaun White apologizes for calling sex harassment claims 'gossip'

16 February 2018, 04:51 | Donald Newman

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White's rock band Bad Things, filed a lawsuit against him claiming that he had sexually harassed her and tried for years to "impose a strict regime" over her, asking her to cut her hair and to wear revealing clothing and underwear.

"Shaun, over the past couple of days the sexual harassment allegations against you by Lena Zawaideh have resurfaced", ABC News' Matt Gutman told White.

"You know honestly I'm here to talk about the Olympics not, you know, gossip, but I don't think so", White said, according to CNN.

"I'm just truly sorry", he said.

White later withdrew that request past year and an attorney for Zawaideh filed a notice of unconditional settlement in the case and requested the case be dismissed in May 2017, per USA Today. "It's hard and I take no pleasure in asking it", Guthrie continued, apologetically, as White nodded and "umhmmmm-ed" composedly.

Renowned snowboarder Shaun White won his third Olympic gold medal this week, prompting much celebration on and off social media. "I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how incredible [Wednesday] was and share my experience". They remembered the 31-year-old as a younger man, winning gold in at the 2006 Olympics and again in 2010, and they remembered his disappointing fourth-place finish four years ago at the Sochi Olympics.

Following his win on Wednesday, White was asked about the allegations during a news conference and dismissed them as "gossip".

White was asked during a news conference if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.

"I would rather see someone who has devoted themselves to just skateboarding because I don't believe in skating for just the sake of accolades - I believe in skating for the passion".

Going for broke in the day's final descent, White held his nerve as he nailed back-to-back 1440 spins to score 97.75 points, pipping Hirano's second run by just 2.50.

He is the first American man to win gold medals at three Winter Games. "He was in a tough position like I was as a kid where you have a lot of pressure to be the next big, great thing in the sport".

The lawsuit alleged White bombarded Zawaideh with "sexually disturbing" videos, vulgar remarks and explicit text messages.

Not only have people started questioning White, but the Olympics are taking a stand in the Me Too movement as well.

"No woman wants to be called a "gossip" or a liar by the harasser", Lawrance Bohm said in a statement. But hours earlier, Brennan had published an article about the sexual harassment allegations against White.

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