Olympic Snowboarding Champion Shaun White Accused Of Sexually Harassing Ex-Bandmate
Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder and skateboarder, has been accused of sexual harassment by an ex-bandmate.
Shaun White Accused Of Sexual Harassment
Lena Zawaideh, who had played drums in White’s band Bad Things, has accused White, 29, of sexually harassing her while she was a member of the band, and then firing her without cause or warning.
“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,” reads Zawaideh’s court filing. “White sent sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises, forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualizing human fecal matter, and made vulgar sexual remarks to her.”
The filing continues, “As the financier of Bad Things, White used his role to impose a strict regime over Zawaideh, going so far as to demand that she cut her hair, wear sexually revealing clothes and underwear, and refrain from wearing lipstick.”
White has not denied sending Zawaideh sexually explicit text messages, some of which have been captured in screenshots and leaked. However, the athlete has called Zawaideh’s lawsuit “bogus.”
“Many years ago, I exchanged texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit,” White told TMZ in a statement through his lawyer. “There is absolutely no coincidence to the timing of her claims, and we will defend them vigorously in court.”