FOR UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL – U.S. taekwondo athlete, Steven Lopez, is temporarily banned from competing, following accusations of sexual misconduct.
At least four women who trained with Lopez have filed complaints against him. They say he used his status in the sport to coerce athletes into sex.
Lopez has won three Olympic medals, including two golds, and five World Championships.
The women also say Lopez’s brother, Jean, who was a Team USA coach, was involved. Jean was banned by the U.S. Center for Safesport in April, and Steven was suspended pending further investigation.
Neither of the men has been criminally charged. However, four of the alleged victims filed a lawsuit May 4 in Colorado.
This isn’t the first time the brothers have faced accusations of sexual misconduct. According to the lawsuit, female athletes have been filing complaints about the brothers for years.