Snowboarding gold medallist Shaun White dismisses sexual assault lawsuit as ‘gossip’

February 14, 2018 12:31 PM

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In a 2016 lawsuit, Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in White’s rock band, said the snowboarder repeatedly sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and told her how to get her hair cut.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—Shaun White dismissed the sexual assault allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip” and hurried away from reporters trying to ask him more about the allegations Wednesday, just hours after winning his third gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.

White has been the world’s dominant snowboarder for more than a decade, winning gold medals in 2006, 2010 and again this year, completing a comeback after finishing fourth in 2014.

As White was competing, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White’s rock band, the Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh said White sexually harassed and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May for an undisclosed amount.

Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Event Director Nick Alexakos shut them down.

White immediately left the stage following the conference while reporters continued to question him.

Source: thestar.com

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