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Everyone Is Talking About Shaun White's Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, Here's What Actually Happened

Amidst the #MeToo movement still sweeping the world, the Olympics are no exception. 

The US snowboarding legend has dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct as "gossip" during his Olympic press conferences.

White brings home his third Gold medal for the US, but people are more concerned with looking a little closer at White's 2016 lawsuit. 

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The lawsuit in question cites White's accuser, Zawaideh, making claims that Shaun repeatedly sexually harassed her, forced her to watch porn, and told her how to style her hair.

Zawaideh's claims also include White grabbing her butt after band practice and shoving a bottle of vodka into her mouth, forcing her to drink from it.

The lawsuit also states that "White stuck his hands down his pants, approached her, and shoved them in her face trying to make her smell them." - GROSS.

While competing at this year's Pyeongchang games on Wednesday, social media lit up with #MeToo hashtags surfacing facts about the accusations made against White by a former band mate, and a women White claims is "a former friend trying to ruin his career." Source: National Post.

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Let's be honest, "former friend" just means that the two do not get along anymore, likely because of these allegations to begin with. 

Whenone reporter asked if he thought the "incident" would ruin his reputation, White responded with a shady sentiment -  "I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff," adding, "I don't think so."

Questions about the lawsuit - which was settled privately in May 2017 - kept coming up and were shot down by the panel moderator.

White rushed off stage as reporters proceeded to question him about the allegations following the conference.

“I have to get to the medal ceremony,” he said while being ushered away.

After his remarks of "gossip", the story continued to take over the news headlines shadowing any accomplishment he made at this year's games. 

Shaun White eventually apologized for his poor choice of words, and emphasis the importance of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. 

“I’m truly sorry that I chose the word gossip. It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today.” @shaunwhite on his remarks at news conference when asked about harassment case

February 14, 2018

It is a sad day when someone's success get's muddied up by unrelated news - but in this instance, we need to remember whom it is we are looking at with esteem.

Whether the allegations are true or not, it's important to remember that the internet is forever and social media can impact your every move.

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