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09:20  21 may  2019
09:20  21 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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John Coughlin kills himself at 33; figure … A prominent former figure skater , coach and television announcer died Friday nearly two weeks after an anti- abuse organization On Friday, Coughlin was found dead by Kansas City police, who confirmed his death as a suicide, according to USA Today.

That included the upcoming national figure skating championships in Detroit next week, U.S. skating ’s biggest week of the year. The head of the TV production company for the nationals said earlier this week that Coughlin would not be working there as a commentator. When reached by USA TODAY on

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A former pairs partner of John Coughlin said in a Facebook post Sunday evening that the late figure skater “sexually abused” her for two years.

Replying to a post in support of Coughlin, who committed suicide Jan. 18, Bridget Namiotka wrote, “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, 29, teamed with Coughlin, who was 33 at the time of his death, from 2004 to 2007, when she was between the ages of 14 and 17 and he was 18 to 21. They won three medals on the Junior Grand Prix series and finished ninth in the senior (Olympic) level at the 2007 U.S. national championships.

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John Coughlin, a 33-year-old former figure skater killed himself , a day after he was suspended from the sport over sexual abuse and misconduct allegations. The US Center for SafeSport— an organization that investigates bullying

Former pairs figure skater John Coughlin took his own life one day after he was suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. He was a fixture at skating competitions and rinks around the country as a coach, TV commentator and a rising star within both U.S. Figure Skating , the national governing

She added three more posts Sunday almost immediately after the first.

“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.”

“Think about all of the girls he hurt."

"Grooming happens. It happened to me and he hurt a lot of girls. Think about the victims.”

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Attorney John Manly, who represents more than 200 victims in the Larry Nassar gymnastics sexual abuse case, said Monday evening he represents Namiotka and her family and confirmed that the Facebook posts “definitely” were written by Namiotka. Manly said in a March 29 interview with USA TODAY Sports that he also represents two other women who were minors when Coughlin allegedly sexually abused them.

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Former U.S. figure skating champion John Coughlin has killed himself in the midst of an internal investigation within his sport. Police have reportedly confirmed his death as well. The Olympic skater had recently been temporarily barred from participating in any skating events in any capacity due to

Tara Modlin, who was Coughlin’s agent, sent a text message Monday evening in response to a request for comment:

“It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable persons (sic) Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question. … my suggestion is to call some of his other partners …”

In the March interview, Manly said, “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.”

Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion with two other partners, hanged himself in his father’s Kansas City home one day after he received an interim suspension from the U.S. Center for SafeSport. USA TODAY Sports, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, reported in January that there were three reports of sexual misconduct against Coughlin. His death effectively ended the investigation into those reports, SafeSport announced in February.

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In a Jan. 7 email to USA TODAY Sports, Coughlin called the allegations against him “unfounded.”

“While I wish I could speak freely about the unfounded allegations levied against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so since the case remains pending,” he wrote. “I note only that the SafeSport notice of allegation itself stated that an allegation in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation."

Coughlin’s assertion that he was being prevented from speaking freely about the allegations against him by SafeSport “is not true,” SafeSport spokesman Dan Hill said in March.

“The SafeSport Code and the interim measure process that was communicated to him directly, and which is on our website, makes it clear that he could provide information, evidence, speak for himself and even ask for a hearing that would have been accommodated in 72 hours by rule,” Hill said. “That hearing would have been in front of an independent arbitrator. That’s such a critical part of all of this.”

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