Olympic snowboarder Shaun White said Wednesday that allegations of sexual harassment made against him in 2016 are "gossip," and refused to answer further questions about them at a press conference.

White, who won his third gold medal for the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea this week, told reporters he would not answer questions about "gossip" while at the Olympics, The Associated Press reported.


“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said when asked if the allegations could tarnish his reputation. “I don’t think so.”

White then left a scheduled press conference, telling reporters he had to attend a medal ceremony.

White's comments sparked mixed reactions on social media, including from USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, who noted in a tweet that no women journalists were called on to ask a question during the presser.

"Thanks for asking that question, Matt. What an embarrassment that U.S. Olympic Committee press conference was," Brennan also tweeted at Matt Gutman, the reporter who asked the question.

Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in White's rock band Bad Things, was involved in a lawsuit against the snowboarder alleging he sexually harassed her, directed her to wear specific pieces of clothing, and made her watch pornography.

The lawsuit was settled last May for an undisclosed amount, according to the AP.

White later apologized for using the word "gossip" to describe the lawsuit.

“I’m truly sorry that I chose the word gossip. It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today," White said during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show.

--This report was updated at 10:31 a.m.