Shaun White apologizes for calling harassment claims "gossip"

Shaun White 2018 Winter Olympics

Shaun White 2018 Winter Olympics

Video of Shaun White's historic, gold medal-winning run during Wednesday's men's halfpipe final at the 2018 Winter Olympics now is blowing up the internet. "I am so proud of myself, and I never say that", White said.

Instead it was the manner in which he responded to a question from a reporter who asked whether the sexual harassment allegations he faced past year tarnished his legacy.

During a press conference after the event, White was asked about a sexual misconduct lawsuit he settled a year ago.

Appearing on NBC's Today after his gold medal in the halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, White said "I'm truly sorry that I chose the word 'gossip'. And I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how unbelievable today was and share my experience". "I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how fantastic today was and share my experience, but yeah".

Yesterday, Shaun White used the word "gossip" to refer to the past sexual harassment lawsuit by his former drummer Lena Zawaideh, our client.

By May 2017, an undisclosed settlement was reached.

Shaun White 2018 Winter Olympics
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The response from White has caused a stir on social media, with many users condemning the lack of attention afforded to the allegations in the wake of White's win.

Zawaideh had accused White of sending sexually explicit and graphic images to her, forcing her to watch sexually disturbing videos, making unwanted physical interactions and making vulgar sexual remarks.

Two years later, she filed a lawsuit against the Olympian saying he "repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years".

Gutman was eventually cut off by Nick Alexakos, the US Snowboarding and Freeskiing event director, who indicated the interview should focus more on the Olympic competition, the Huffington Post reported. "This "me too" movement is a very significant, important part of American culture right now and he now is in it".

"I feel like I addressed it", responded White, after the reporter asked for the allegations to be addressed. White finished by asserting that he's "a changed person than I was when I was younger", but he declined to further elaborate upon that statement.

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