For its prime-time Olympic coverage Tuesday night, NBC was expected to direct much of its focus to Shaun White’s bid for a gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe event.

White, after all, was one of handful the marquee names heavily promoted by NBC coming into the Games. (A promotional ad concluded that “Shaun White is the best of U.S.”). And if he’s able to strike gold gold, it would be the kind of dramatic, feel-good comeback story TV craves: An American hero and all that stuff.

But one thing wasn’t so certain going into Tuesday’s coverage: Would NBC continue to avoid mentioning the fact that White was the target of a sexual harassment lawsuit?

In August 2016, Lena Zawaideh, who formerly was a drummer in White’s rock band Bad Things, accused White of sexual harassment in a suit filed in San Diego. She alleged that White “repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years.”

Zawaideh and White reached an undisclosed settlement in May 2017.

In her complaint, Zawaideh claimed that 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, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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