Shaun White Apologizes for Calling Sexual Harassment Allegations ‘Gossip’

Shaun white previously called sexual harassment allegations brought against him by a former bandmate as “gossip.” Now, the Olympic skier is apologizing, after winning gold.

A 2016 lawsuit resurfaced in which drummer Lena Zawaideh, who played with Shaun in the rock band Bad Things, claimed he had “repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years.”

He was asked about the allegations in a press conference, and he replied, “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff.”

During an interview on Today Wednesday, he retracted the statement. “I’m truly sorry that I chose the word ‘gossip’ because it’s a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today. I’m just truly sorry,” he told anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. “I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience.”

He added, “I’ve grown as a person over the years. You’ve known me for a long time now. It’s crazy how life works and twists and turns and lessons learned. Every experience in my life, I feel like it’s taught me a lesson and I definitely feel like I’m a much more changed person than I was when I was younger. I’m proud of who I am today.”

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