Figure Skater Alleges Former Partner Who Committed Suicide Used To Sexually Abuse Her

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Figure skater Bridget Namiotka accused her former pairs partner John Coughlin, who committed suicide, of sexually abusing her.

Namiotka made the allegations in Facebook comments on a post in support of Coughlin, according to a report published Monday by USA Today. The original Facebook post has since been deleted.

“I’m sorry but john [sic] hurt at least 10 people including me. He sexually abused me for 2 years. Nobody innocent hangs themself [sic],” Namiotka wrote.

Namiotka and Coughlin were partners for three years while Namiotka was between the ages of 14 and 17 and Coughlin was 18 to 21. (RELATED: U.S. Figure Skater Accused Of Slashing Korean Competitor With Her Skate)

The figure skater added three more comments to the post alleging Coughlin hurt multiple girls and to think about what he did.

“Someone that’s innocent doesn’t hang himself. Think about the victims when you’re speaking up for what he did to at least 10 girls,” she wrote.

“Think about all of the girls he hurt,” Namiotka added.

“Grooming happens. It happened to me and he hurt a lot of girls. Think about the victims,” she continued.

Namiotka’s attorney John Manly confirmed that the comments were posted by the figure skater. Manly spoke about the allegations in an interview with USA Today back in March.

“My clients and I want to make this clear: John Coughlin used his position of trust and power and prominence in figure skating to sexually abuse multiple minors, three of whom I represent,” Manly said at the time.

Coughlin committed suicide back in January. He was reportedly being investigated for sexual misconduct at the time.

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