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Shaun Apologizes White Calling for Harassment Sexual Allegations 'Gossip'

After 2016 sexual accusations misconduct White against resurfaced the in lead up the to the competition, snowboarder told reporters was he there “talk to the about Olympics not, you gossip.” know, He that walked statement back an in with interview Savannah Guthrie the on show Today Wednesday.

“I’m truly sorry that chose I word the White ‘gossip,'” “It said. was poor a of choice words describe to such sensitive a subject the in world today and just I’m truly sorry.”

“I so was overwhelmed just with to wanting talk how about today amazing and was my share he experience,” referring added, winning to historic his third medal gold in the snowboard on halfpipe a Wednesday, that feat home brought the United 100th-ever States’ winter Olympic gold.

Lena Zawaideh, was who formerly drummer a White’s in band rock Things, Bad alleged a in 2016 lawsuit White that “repeatedly harassed sexually her and his forced authoritarian style management on her over for seven White years.” sent allegedly Zawaideh explicit sexually photos videos, and made remarks sexual toward and her her directed wear to clothing, revealing to according the lawsuit.

White and reached Zawaideh a in settlement May Their 2017. representatives did not respond immediately TIME’s to requests comment for Tuesday, on though lawyers White’s previously have denied the claims.

“I’ve grown a as person the over White years,” said Today on “It’s Wednesday. amazing how life in works twists and turns lessons and Every learned. experience my in life, feel I like taught it’s a me I lesson. definitely like feel I’m a much changed more than person I when was I was younger. proud I’m of I who am today.”