Shaun White dismisses sexual misconduct lawsuit as 'gossip' hours after gold medal win

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White dismissed the allegations of sexual harassment against him as “gossip” on Wednesday, hours after he won his third Olympic gold medal.

Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer in White’s rock band, said the snowboarder sent her explicit images and videos, grabbed her buttocks, referred to her as a b---h, and made controlling demands regarding her appearance in a lawsuit she filed in 2016.

She also said he refused to pay her wages after firing her, the lawsuit states.

White paid an undisclosed settlement in May and went on to win gold in the men’s halfpipe in Pyeongchang on Wednesday.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States looks on following his first run during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States warms up ahead of the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States warms up ahead of the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States crashes in his second run during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States warms ahead of the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang-gun , South Korea - 13 February 2018; Shaun White of USA in action during the Halfpipe Qualifications on day four of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Pyeongchang-gun , South Korea - 13 February 2018; Shaun White of USA celebrates his 98.50 score after the Halfpipe Qualifications on day four of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang-gun , South Korea - 13 February 2018; Shaun White of USA in action during the Halfpipe Qualifications on day four of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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But his comeback prompted the allegations to resurface on social media, and reporters asked whether he thought the claims would tarnish his reputation.

“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”

Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Event Director Nick Alexakos shut them down.

White immediately left the stage following the conference while reporters continued to question him.

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

Zawaideh, who filed the lawsuit in San Diego County, alleged White sent her images of “naked men with engorged and erect penises and videos of vulgar sex acts.”

White asked her questions about her sex life, grabbed her buttocks, and on one occasion tried to kiss her while he was drunk, the lawsuit states.

Zawaideh also claimed White made “snide and disapproving remarks” about her clothes and demanded she cut her hair, don revealing clothes, and stop wearing red lipstick.

He also refused to pay her wages after he fired her, according to the lawsuit.

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Several women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'

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Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.

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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.

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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.

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Sen. Al Franken resigned after he was accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.

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A woman testified that her extra-martial affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was not always consensual. The accuser claimed Greitens took a nude photo of her to use as blackmail and coerced her into having oral sex.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused in May 2018 of physically abusing four women who he had been romantically involved with, according to The New Yorker.

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A former aide of Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., says she was fired after she refused his advances.

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Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, resigned after he was accused of asking former female staffers to be surrogate mothers for his child. 

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances to multiple women.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, was accused of using taxpayer money for a sexual harassment settlement with his former communications director, according to Politico. He announced in December that he wouldn't be seeking reelection. 

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by former staffers.

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California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh was accused of masturbating in front of a woman in 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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In 1992 multiple women came forward against Senator Brock Adams accusing him of sexually harassing, molesting or assaulting them.

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The Congressional Office of Compliance reportedly shelled out $100,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York.

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Congressman Mark Foley, R-Florida, resigned in 2006 amid reports that he sent sexually explicit messages to at least one underage male former page. 

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Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., called a young former aide his 'soul mate,' but denied sexually harassing her.

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Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Kentucky, was facing sexual assault accusations and reportedly committed suicide.

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Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced in 2017 after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Former U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Oregon, resigned from his position in 2011 after accusations of an 'unwanted sexual encounter' from the 18-year-old daughter of a donor.

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Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain dropped out of the race in December 2011 amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2016 for attempting to skirt banking regulations in order to conceal hush money payments intended to cover up sex abuse allegations stemming from the time he was a high school wrestling coach at a far west suburban Chicago high school decades ago.

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