Allegations against Olympian resurface after gold medal performance
16 February, 2018, 12:00 am
PYEONGCHANG – Jawdropping sexual harassment allegations against snowboarding legend Shaun White have resurfaced after a lawsuit lodged against him by the former drummer of his band Bad Things was published in full online.
The 76-page complaint filed by Lena Zawaideh paints an ugly picture of the much-loved Olympian, describing him as a controlling, self-obsessed misogynist who made her life hell over seven years.
The lawsuit was filed in late 2016 and settled for an undisclosed sum in May last year, but resurfaced overnight after an article in Slate questioned White’s credentials as a national role model given the sordid allegations outlined in the complaint.
It resurfaced as White won the men’s half-pipe final at PyeongChang, making him the first American man to win gold at three separate Winter Olympics.
Zawaideh, who formed Bad Things with White in 2008, claims he sent her a series of sexually explicit text messages featuring “engorged” and “erect” penises as well as pornographic videos.
“Lena Zawaideh, the only female member in Bad Things, learned the darker side of Shaun White when he repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years,” the lawsuit says.
“White sent sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises, forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualising human faecal matter, and made vulgar sexual remarks to her.
According to the complaint, White showed Zawaideh a notorious video clip called “Shake the Bear” which featured “a couple killing a bear and then having sex on top of it”.