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Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Shares Her Own Sexual Assault Story In Brave Essay

Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Shares Her Own Sexual Assault Story In Brave Essay

Ashley Wagner is bravely opening up about her sexual assault, which happened when she was just 17 years old.

The now 28-year-old Olympic figure skater detailed how it happened, when and just who it was, in an essay for USA Today.

“It was the middle of the night when I felt him crawl into my bed. I had been sleeping and didn’t move because I didn’t understand what it meant. I thought he just wanted a place to sleep. But then he started kissing my neck. I pretended to be deep asleep, hoping he would stop. He didn’t. When his hands started to wander, when he started touching me, groping my body, I tried to shift around so that he would think I was waking up and would stop. He didn’t,” Ashley wrote. “Looking back now, I didn’t understand that his hands knew the way around a woman’s body because he was 22. He was a man. But I was just a girl. When he continued to wander further over my body, I started to get scared because he was so much bigger than I was, and I didn’t know if I could push him off. I just continued to lie there pretending to be asleep, hoping that he would get bored and go somewhere else. He didn’t.”

Ashley then felt herself starting to cry. “I told him to stop. And he did. He looked at me for a few seconds, quietly got up and left the room. All of this happened over the period of about five minutes. That is such a small amount of time, but it’s haunted me ever since.”

She went on to name him: John Coughlin, who died by suicide earlier this year.

“I was sexually assaulted by John Coughlin. Over the past few months, as I decided to tell this story, I wrestled with using John‘s name. He was a prominent figure skater who died by suicide in January, and so I fully understand the issues with naming him. But a name can shape so much of how my story is perceived. Without it, I know people will question my credibility.”

She added, “But this is not about a name. This is about the environment that allowed for that act to happen. I want the issue to feel real to people, and for them to understand the dynamics of my sport, where uncomfortable power imbalances thrive to this day.”

Figure Skaters Meryl Davis, Gracie Gold, Alex Shibutani & More Pay Tribute to Denis Ten After His Untimely Death

Figure Skaters Meryl Davis, Gracie Gold, Alex Shibutani & More Pay Tribute to Denis Ten After His Untimely Death

The figure skating community is still in shock after hearing about Denis Ten‘s untimely passing this morning.

Meryl Davis, Gracie Gold, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani, Mirai Nagasu, Jason Brown, Spanish skater Javier Fernandez, Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou, and Ashley Wagner have all opened up about their friendships with him.

“So very saddened by the loss of this special young man,” Meryl wrote on Twitter. “Denis, your heart, passion, kindness & generosity will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with your family, friends & fans whose lives you’ve made brighter. What a devastating loss for our skating family.”

Gracie added on her Instagram, “I am absolutely heartbroken today. The world has lost a kind, brilliant, and talented hero. Some of my fondest memories of skating come from the years I trained with Denis. From late night photo shoots to daily locker room shenanigans, Denis always knew how to make you smile. You will be so missed Denis.”

If you missed the sad news, Denis was killed this morning in Kazakhstan in a robbery gone wrong.

Read more tributes to Denis inside now… More Here! »

Tommy Dorfman & Husband Peter Zurkuhlen Share a Kiss at Human Rights Gala!

Tommy Dorfman & Husband Peter Zurkuhlen Share a Kiss at Human Rights Gala!

Tommy Dorfman gives hubby Peter Zurkuhlen a sweet kiss as they hit the blue carpet at the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner on Saturday night (March 10) at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old 13 Reasons Why star looked so handsome in a black suit while wearing a navy and red Converse sneakers for the event honoring the advancements in LGBTQ rights.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tommy Dorfman

Other stars at the event included YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous and fiancee Nats Getty, Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver, Olympians Adam Rippon, Ashley Wagner, Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas, along with The Fosters stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum.

15+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the event… More Here! »

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Zendaya Stuns in Colorful Blazer & Top Hat at Pre-Oscars 2018 Party

Zendaya Stuns in Colorful Blazer & Top Hat at Pre-Oscars 2018 Party

How amazing is Zendaya‘s look at the Vanity Fair and Lancome Paris Toast Women in Hollywood event?

The Spider‑Man: Homecoming star attended the soiree – hosted by Radhika Jones and Ava DuVernay along with Belvedere Vodka – during the week of the 2018 Academy Awards on Thursday (March 1) at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif.

Zendaya donned an oversized multi-colored blazer and matching pants, along with pointy orange shoes, a black top hat, and orange and yellow eye makeup.

She was joined by Nina Dobrev, sporting a cream-colored dress and a natural makeup look, and Sarah Hyland, who dazzled in a plunging top, oversized hoop earrings, and bright red lipstick.

Also in attendance were Paris Jackson, sisters Laura and Vanessa Marano, Isabelle Fuhrman, Serayah, Joe Keery and his girlfriend Maika Monroe, Kaitlyn Dever, Taylor Hill, Marsai Martin, Kat Graham, Ashley Wagner, Chloe Kim, Amanda Steele, and more.

FYI: Zendaya is wearing Marc Jacobs. Sarah is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Nina is wearing Tacori earrings. Paris is carrying an Emm Kuo clutch. Laura is wearing a Nha Khanh dress and Sam Edelman shoes. Serayah is wearing Swarovski jewelry. Maika is wearing Monse. Taylor is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Kat is wearing an Emanuel Ungaro dress and 1929Galore jewelry. Ashley is wearing Jovani. Amanda is wearing a Jacquemus dress and Brian Atwood shoes.

30+ pictures indie of Zendaya, Nina Dobrev, Sarah Hyland, and more at the event… More Here! »

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Ashley Wagner Has 'No Regrets' About Her Comments of Being Left Off Olympic Team

Ashley Wagner Has 'No Regrets' About Her Comments of Being Left Off Olympic Team

Over the weekend, Ashley Wagner revealed how she really felt about not making the Olympic team for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics — comments she still stands behind.

The 26-year-old figure skater has no regrets about criticizing the judges who left her name off the roster, instead putting her as the first alternate.

“I think I have a lot of experience in this sport, and I know what I consistently skate like and where I usually fall,” Ashley shared on Today during her interview. “So I’m allowed to question things, but question things only in relation to myself.”

However, even though she stands by her comments, she’s still excited to root on the three who were named to the team — Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen.

“I think that these girls earned their spots, and I am so excited to be able to kind of take a step back and cheer on Team USA. I am so passionate about this sport, and I’ve been in the position where people have tried to take away my legitimacy for being on a team, and I would never want to do that to another athlete.”

Ashley adds, “I mean, what you see is what you get with me. I pride myself on being honest and open, and I think that at the end of the day, based on the selection criteria, they absolutely made the right call with this team. Those ladies are getting ready to go to the Olympics, and I support them entirely.”