Olympian Ashley Wagner Says Fellow Skater John Coughlin Sexually Assaulted Her at 17

August 2, 2019

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Olympic medalist Ashley Wagner became the latest accuser to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against figure skater John Coughlin. The 28-year-old Wagner told USA Today on Thursday that Coughlin climbed into her bed and kissed and groped her without permission when she was 17. "I was absolutely paralyzed in fear...I pretended to be deep asleep, hoping he would stop. He didn't," Wagner says. "I grabbed his invading hand and I told him to stop. And he did. He looked at me for a few seconds, quietly got up and left the room." Coughlin committed suicide in January at the age of 33 after being accused of sexual misconduct in three separat incidents, including two that concerned minors. Coughlin was a two-time U.S. pairs figure skating champion, and recently worked as a TV commentator and coach.