Olympic Snowboarder Shaun White Dismisses Sexual Harassment Allegations

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But before he competed in the men's halfpipe event during the Winter Olympics this week, reports by outlets including Slate and NY magazine's the Cut resurfaced the sexual harassment allegations from 2016 against the snowboarder.

"I definitely feel like I'm a much more changed person than I was when I was younger", he said. "I don't think so". When ABC News asked White about the allegations during a press conference, he responded by saying "Honestly, I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not you know, not gossip".

The apology comes after White was asked about past sexual harassment allegations during a press conference following his third gold-medal win.

At a time when sexual harassers and abusers are being held accountable like never before, White course-corrected and apologized on Today for using the word "gossip" to describe the allegations that were made against him.

"I've grown as a person over the years", White said on Today Wednesday.

The lawsuit by a former drummer in White's rock band accused him of sexually harassing her and refusing to pay her wages after he fired her.

In her lawsuit, Zawaideh also included screenshots of alleged text exchanges from White.

Shaun White reached a private settlement with Lena Zawaideh months ago.

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Shaun White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in the halfpipe, may not be celebrating his recent victory for too long, since more attention is being given to allegations of sexual harassment against him.

This article discusses sexual harassment.

Zawaideh and White settled the lawsuit in May for an undisclosed amount.

Attorney Lawrance Bohm of The Bohm Group, who represents White's former bandmember and harassment accuser Lena Zawaideh, said that White's remarks had "minimized the problem of sexual harassment in this country" and "impugn the character" of his client. When asked about the possibility of the suit tarnishing his legacy, White said that he doesn't think it will. In another, according to the complaint, White showed Zawaideh a video sexualizing fecal matter.

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When she said no, White texted her back, writing, "are u sure this is the decision u want to make.??" "I'm proud of who I am today".

There have not been any questions put to White about the allegations since his arrival in Pyeongchang, and instead the focus has been on his road to redemption on an Olympic level after his attempt in 2014 to double-up with the slopestyle snowboarding competition - only to leave Russian Federation without a medal.

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