Olympic gold medalist Shaun White originally referred to a 2016 sexual misconduct lawsuit as "gossip"

By Scooby Axson
February 14, 2018

Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has apologized for calling the sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016 nothing but "gossip," when originally asked by reporters at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

In an interview televised on Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today" show, White again was asked about the case.

“I definitely feel like I’m a much more changed person than I was when I was younger.” White said.

"I'm truly sorry that I chose the word 'gossip,'" he added. "It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today. I'm just truly sorry. I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience, but yeah."

White won his third gold medal in the men's halfpipe on Tuesday, and minutes after the victory was asked about the lawsuit and if it would damage his reputation.

"I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff," White said. "I don't think so."

In 2016, a former drummer in White's rock band, Bad Things sued him, saying she was sexually harassed and that White refused to pay her a $3,750 monthly retainer from from 2013-2014. The suit was settled last year.

In the lawsuit, Lena Zawaideh provided details of White's alleged harassment, including claims that he forced her to watch “sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualizing human fecal matter.”

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