PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White discharged the passionate bungle allegations done against him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip” and brisk divided from reporters trying to ask him some-more about the allegations Wednesday, just hours after winning his third bullion award in the men’s halfpipe.
White has been the world’s widespread snowboarder for some-more than a decade, winning bullion medals in 2006, 2010 and again this year, completing a quip after finishing fourth in 2014.
As White was competing, many on social media resurfaced the sum from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White’s stone band, Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh pronounced White sexually tormented and refused to compensate her salary after he fired her. The lawsuit was staid in May for an undisclosed amount.
White was asked if the allegations competence taint his reputation.
“I’m here to speak about the Olympics, not report and stuff,” he said. “I don’t consider so.”
“I am who we am,” he added. “I am unapproachable of who we am and my friends adore me and attest for me. And we consider that stands on its own.”
Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Event Director Nick Alexakos close them down.
White immediately left the theatre following the news discussion while reporters continued to doubt him.
“I have to get to the award ceremony,” he pronounced while being ushered divided by Alexakos.
Phone calls and an email to Zawaideh’s profession from the lawsuit were not immediately returned.
In the lawsuit, Zawaideh pronounced White regularly sexually tormented her, forced her to watch publishing and told her how to get her hair cut.
The lawsuit enclosed screengrabs of content messages allegedly sent by White asking about the haircut and suggesting she wear a provocative outfit.
The lawsuit also pronounced White grabbed Zawaideh’s bum shortly after leaving a rope use and that he once shoved a bottle of vodka into her mouth and forced her to splash from it. It also pronounced that “White stuck his hands down his pants, approached Zawaideh, and stuck his hands in her face trying to make her smell them.” The lawsuit also says White tried to lick Zawaideh at a Halloween party.
Bad Things sealed with Warner Bros. Records in 2013. The stone organisation expelled a self-titled manuscript in Jan of 2014 and toured briefly.
Praise for White’s opening in Pyeongchang drew recoil on social media at a time when #MeToo and other movements are job for some-more burden about nuisance and abuse.