Shaun White won another gold medal at the Winter Olympics. On the heels of the win, the snowboarder was asked about past sexual harassment allegations against him. According to The New York Times, the 31-year-old first passed off the allegations as “gossip.”
“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip,” he said, when asked by an ABC News reporter. “My friends, you know, love me and vouch for me, and I think that stands on its own,” he added. In the past, White has dismissed the accusations.
The allegations stem from an encounter with Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer of White’s rock band Bad Things. In 2016, Zawaideh filed a lawsuit against him claiming that he had sexually harassed her and tried to control her, including “impose a strict regime” over her, requesting that she cut her hair and to wear revealing clothing and underwear. In the lawsuit, White allegedly made vulgar sexual