In May it came out that professional snowboarder and part-time guitar player Shaun White was being sued by the drummer of the band we didn’t even know he was the front man of. The suit, filed by Lena Zawaideh, was in reference to White’s alleged continuous sexual harassment and verbal abuse of her. Now, the disgusting details of the suit have emerged via TMZ:
Among the allegations, Zawaideh claims White sent her sexually explicit and graphic images of “engorged and erect penises” and forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos “including videos sexualizing human fecal matter.”
One of the videos Zawaideh claims she was forced to watch was a couple killing a bear and then having sex on top of it.
But it didn’t stop there. Zawaideh was fired from the band — called Bad Things — in 2014, but not before, she claimed, White stuck his hand down the front of his pants and attempted to make her smell it. She also claimed that she was subject to his “darker, misogynistic personality,” and text messages that TMZ obtained and published corroborate Zawaideh’s claim that White had demanded she cut her hair. He also texted Zawaideh several explicit images of near-nude women playing drums and criticized her for once playing in a “fleece sweater.”
Zawaideh issued the following statement about the case: “I am pursuing this case because women should not have to tolerate harassment at work. Shaun White should not be allowed to do whatever he wants just because he is famous. Although I am embarrassed to have been treated this way, I cannot sit by and watch him do this to other women.” White, however, said in a statement to TMZ that while the text messages he sent were real, the suit is “bogus”: “Many years ago, I exchanged texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit. There is absolutely no coincidence to the timing of her claims, and we will defend them vigorously in court.”