The lawyer for Lena Zawaideh, who sued Shaun White in 2016 for sexual harassment, mentioned in an announcement Wednesday evening that the Olympic gold medalist’s phrases, on the world stage, impugned his shopper’s character and minimized the issue of sexual harassment in the United States.
“No woman wants to be called a ‘gossip’ or a liar by the harasser,” Lawrance Bohm mentioned in an announcement. “Minimizing sexual harassment maximizes the harm to Ms. Zawaideh. Hopefully, before our country declares someone ‘the best of the U.S.,’ there will be investigation and due diligence.”
White has been the world’s dominant snowboarder for greater than a decade, successful halfpipe gold medals in 2006, 2010 and once more this 12 months in South Korea, finishing a comeback after ending fourth in 2014.
As White was competing Wednesday, many on social media resurfaced the main points from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White’s rock band, Bad Things. Zawaideh mentioned White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May for an undisclosed quantity.
White was requested throughout a information convention after successful gold on Wednesday if the allegations would possibly tarnish his repute.
“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I do not assume so.”
White apologized on NBC’s “Today” present for utilizing the phrase “gossip,” and he expressed remorse for his actions in an announcement to ESPN.
“Representing Team USA at the Olympics in a sport that I love is a true honor and I was thrilled to win gold,” he mentioned. “I regret my behavior many years ago and am sorry that I made anyone — particularly someone I considered a friend — uncomfortable. I have grown and changed as a person, as we all grow and change, and am proud of who I am today.”
Information from ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk and The Associated Press was used in this report.