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Lawyer for Shaun White's accuser slams snowboarder's 'gossip' remark

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An attorney for the woman who filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Shaun White says the snowboarder's comments ''directly impugn'' the woman's character.

Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in White's band, Bad Things, filed a lawsuit in 2016 saying White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May for an undisclosed amount.

White referred to the lawsuit as ''gossip'' in a news conference shortly after winning this third gold medal at the men's halfpipe Wednesday. He later apologized for that remark on NBC's ''Today'' Show.

Lawrance Bohm, Zawaideh's attorney, says in a statement that ''Ms. Zawaideh believed that this matter was in the past,'' but that White's comment ''minimized the problem of sexual harassment in this country.''

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