A former partner of John Coughlin said in a Facebook post on Sunday night that the figure skater had "sexually abused" her for two years.
In support of Coughlin, who committed suicide on January 18th. Bridget Namiotka wrote: "I'm sorry, but John (sic) has injured at least 10 people, including me. He sexually abused me for 2 years. Nobody who is innocent hangs up (sic). "
Namiotka, 29, worked with Coughlin from 2004 to 2007, who was 33 at the time of his death when she was between 1
She added three more posts almost immediately after the first Sunday.
"Someone who is innocent does not hang up. Remember the victims when you speak out for what he did to at least 10 girls. "
" Remember all the girls he hurt. "It happened to me and it hurt many girls. Remember the victims."
Lawyer John Manly, who represents more than 200 martyrs in the case of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, said on Monday night that he represents Namiotka and her family and confirmed that the Facebook posts In an interview with USA TODAY Sports on March 29, Manly said he also represented two other women who were underage when Coughlin allegedly sexually abused them.
Tara Modlin, the Coughlins agent Monday evening sent a text message in response to a request Comment:
"It seems like I'm commenting on a Facebook post by unstable people I do not really understand your question. … My suggestion is to call some of his other partners … "
In the March interview, Manly said," My clients and I would like to clarify this: John Coughlin used his position of trust and power and reputation in figure skating to sexually abuse several Minors, of whom I represent three.
Coughlin, two-time US couple champion with two other partners, hanged himself one day after a temporary US Center lock on his father's home in Kansas City SafeSport. USA TODAY Sports reported in January, citing a person aware of the situation, that there were three reports of sexual misconduct against Coughlin. His death effectively ended the investigation of these reports, SafeSport announced in February.
In an email to USA TODAY Sports on January 7, Coughlin called the allegations against him "unfounded."
"While I wish I could speak freely." Regarding the unsubstantiated allegations against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so because the case is still pending, "he wrote. "I only note that the SafeSport allegation notice itself states that an allegation is in no way a SafeSport statement or that the allegation is well founded."
Against him by SafeSport "is not true," said SafeSport spokesman Dan Hill in March.
"The SafeSport code and the preliminary action process that was posted to him directly on our website make it clear he could." They must provide information and evidence, speak for themselves and even request a hearing, which would take place in 72 hours, according to Rule. This hearing would have taken place before an independent arbitrator. That's such a critical part of all that. "