Three former members of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team are suing their former coach, a national federation and its CEO and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for sex trafficking, harassment and enabling and covering up multiple acts of sexual assault and misconduct, according to multiple reports.
Olympians Rosey Fletcher and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, along with Erin O'Malley, alleged in their lawsuit that Peter Foley, Gale "Tiger" Shaw and the USOPC "conspired and acted in concert with one another to commit unlawful acts."
The three women say Foley used his position of trust to "coerce sexual acts through force, manipulation, emotional abuse, intimidation and retaliation."
Fletcher, a 2006 Bronze medalist, claims Foley sexually assaulted her when she was 19 and again at a post-race event at the Olympics. O'Malley said Foley also sexually assaulted her at sanctioned competitions and in an elevator in front of Fletcher, while mentally and verbally abusing her at age 15.
"Foley began groping Erin and forcibly trying to kiss her — all without her consent," the lawsuit said. "For nearly 20 years, coaches and executives at both organizations enabled Foley's behavior, refused to act and helped cover up Foley's behavior, allowing him to continue his pattern of abuse."
Chythlook-Sifsof says she was raped by a male coach "nearly three times her age from an opposing team" during the 2005 world junior championships in 2005 when she was 16.
A former federation employee, Lindsey Nikola, said in a separate lawsuit Thursday that Foley "sexually harassed and sexually assaulted" her and forced her to take nude photos in hotel rooms at two World Cup ski races.
I'm starting to think athletics has a problem.Pamela Anderson Defies Hollywood By Doubling Down On Anti-#MeToo Comments
Pamela Anderson is refusing to back down from comments that she made years ago that were against the #MeToo movement.
When asked about her past comments on the #MeToo movement in a new interview, Anderson refused to back down and instead defied Hollywood once again by saying that she could take her remarks “a step further.”
In a November of 2017 interview, Megyn Kelly asked Anderson about the #MeToo movement that was turning Hollywood upside down at the time, but the former “Baywatch” star wasn’t having any of it.
“You know what you’re getting into if you go to a hotel room alone,” she said.
Ronan Farrow, the journalist who started the #MeToo movement with his takedown of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, asked Anderson about her past comments on Wednesday, wanting to know if she feels that this was “a healthy thought to introduce into the dialogue at that point.”
“I could even take it a step further,” Anderson, 55, fired back as Farrow interviewed her for an Interview Magazine profile.
“My mother would tell me — and I think this is the kind of feminism I grew up with — it takes two to tango,” Anderson explained, going on to say that her mother taught her that, “‘If someone answers the door in a hotel robe and you’re going for an interview, don’t go in. But if you do go in, get the job.’”
She knew the rules of the game she was in.