Shaun White’s Former Drummer Talks About Sexual Harassment, Says He Wanted to Break Her

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After Lena Zawaideh filed a lawsuit against professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White in August, alleging he sexually harassed her and was controlling when she was on the payroll as his band’s drummer, Zawaideh was relatively quiet. Now, following the emergence of more details from the case, the drummer has spoken with “Page Six” about White’s alleged history of trying to “break her.”

“Shaun took some kind of joy in seeing how much he could break me down and mess with me,” she told “Page Six.” “I don’t know why, but every time he saw that I was uncomfortable with something, he would just keep going just to be like, ‘Can I break her?’ That’s not acceptable for an employee, which I was. Contractually.” White was paying each member of the band $3,750 a month to be in the band Bad Things.

Zawaideh also claimed White was horrible to her when he’d been drinking. “He was constantly making me uncomfortable, particularly when he drank,” she said. “When he drank, he turned into Shaun number two and he was just evil.” She says she didn’t quit the band because she “put her heart and soul into writing” their album. White, on the other hand, has called the lawsuit “bogus,” adding that he plans to defend the claims “vigorously in court.”