He later apologized for referring to the accusations as "gossip".
Furthermore, when the International Ski Federation, the body that governs snowboarding, held a press conference about White's medal win, the moderator skipped over female journalists with questions, USA Today reporter Christine Brennan, who had her hand raised, told CNN. The comment seemed to suggest that White did not take the allegations seriously, despite having acknowledged them in a settlement.
Another user said White "accidentally stumbled on the flag". White has been sued for sexually harassing his former bandmate, Lena Zawaideh, and then firing her without paying her after she rebuked his behavior.
The filing also reportedly included the claim White stuck his hands down his trousers and forced Zewaideh to smell them, along with allegations of unpaid wages and demands about her appearance onstage. In 2016, Zawaideh filed a lawsuit against him claiming that he had sexually harassed her and tried to control her, including "impose a strict regime" over her, requesting that she cut her hair and to wear revealing clothing and underwear. When asked about the possibility of the suit tarnishing his legacy, White said that he doesn't think it will.
In the lawsuit, Lena Zawaideh, a former member of White's band charged that the gold-medal victor consistently sexually harassed her for the seven years they worked together and sent her unsolicited "sexually explicit and graphic images", according to USA Today.
She accused him of once grabbing her rear and shoving a bottle of vodka in her mouth, forcing "her to chug the vodka". White allegedly made vulgar remarks to Zawaideh and groped her while trying to kiss her.
He later admitted to exchanging "texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit".
He soon apologized for his comments during an interview on the Today show Wednesday morning. "Every experience in my life, I feel like it's taught me a lesson".