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Shaun White 'truly sorry' for dismissing sexual harassment suit as 'gossip'

American snowboarder Shaun White has apologised for dismissing sexual assault allegations against him as "gossip" in an ugly postscript to his gold-medal winning performance at the Winter Olympics.

However, White's joy was punctured when he was questioned by reporters over a sex harassment case involving the female former drummer of his band, Bad Things, which he settled out of court previous year.

Beyond the Holt interview, NBC's Olympic telecasts ignored the accusations against White until Wednesday, after a journalist from another TV network raised them in a post-competition news conference and drew this response from the snowboarder: "You know, honestly, here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip". I just told myself, "You know you got this - it's what you've done your whole life, so savour this moment because you might just win the Olympics".

In a statement released at the time, Zewaideh said "I am pursuing this case because women should not have to tolerate harassment at work".

Shaun White redeemed himself for an abject failure in Sochi's 2014 Games with a gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe, knocking out an insane 97.75 in his final run to pass Japan's Ayumu Hirano. He continued: "I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how fantastic today was and share my experience".

White, 31, won his third gold medal this morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to add to medals he won in 2006 in Italy and 2010 in Canada. I definitely feel like I'm a much more changed person than I was when I was younger. The press conference was reportedly cut short when White left for the medal ceremony.

Social media was abuzz with reaction to White's celebration after winning gold in the halfpipe. She alleged that White "repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years", including showing her pornographic imagery against her will.

While Brennan and ABC's Amy Robach were passed over, one male reporter, Matt Gutman (from ABC), slipped one in about the sexual harassment suit and asked if it would "tarnish" White's legacy.

The allegations included that White had sent her sexually explicit images of engorged and erect penises, made her watch sexually explicit videos, and made vulgar remarks. "I am proud of who I am today". "It's a lot to sacrifice to go for something like that so I'm going to make that choice in time". "This "me too" movement is a very significant, important part of American culture right now and he now is in it".

He asked San Diego Superior Court to force Zawaideh to undergo a mental health evaluation, the newspaper said.

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