Shaun White Apologizes for Calling Sexual Harassment Case 'Gossip'

Shaun White

Sorry For Sexual Harassment Case Comments

2/14/2018 7:02 AM PST

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Shaun White says he’s “truly sorry” for referring to his sexual harassment case as “gossip” — saying, “It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today.”

The snowboarding legend appeared on the the “Today” show early Wednesday to address the comments he made during Tuesday night’s post-Olympic media conference … where he was asked about the graphic sexual harassment suit filed against him in 2016. 

TMZ Sports broke the story back in August 2016 … White was sued by his female bandmember, Lena Zawaideh, who claimed White would text her penis pics, sex videos involving fecal matter and forced her to style her hair in a way that appeased him during her 7-year run with the group.

White denied the allegations — but ultimately settled the case with Zawaideh in May 2017, the terms of which were not disclosed. 

But Tuesday night in South Korea — right after White won gold in the men’s halfpipe — he was asked by an ABC reporter to address the allegations. White said he was there to talk about the Olympics, not “gossip.”

A second reporter wanted to ask follow-up questions about the case, but was shut down by the moderator.

There didn’t seem to be a lot of mainstream media interest in the case back in 2016 and 2017 — interesting why not.

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