After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2018 10:56 AM CST

(Newser) – Shaun White pulled off the impressive feat of winning a gold medal at his third different Olympics on Wednesday, but subsequent headlines haven't been all flattering for the all-world snowboarder. For one thing, his win has brought renewed attention to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him in 2016. Details and related developments, which include two apologies from the 31-year-old White on Wednesday:

  • One apology: When he was asked about the lawsuit after his win, White responded that he didn't want to address "gossip." That didn't sit well with critics, especially against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, and White later apologized on NBC's Today. "I'm truly sorry that I chose the word gossip," he said, per the Washington Post. "It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today."
  • The lawsuit: It was brought by Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in White's band, Bad Things. She alleged repeated sexual harassment and wrongful termination, among other things. The Daily Beast has details of her allegations, including that White sent her "sexually explicit and graphic images" and made frequent vulgar comments. They reached an undisclosed settlement last year.

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