Bridget Namiotka Wiki
Figure skater Bridget Namiotka has accused her former pair skating partner John Coughlin of sexually abusing her. Coughlin committed suicide earlier this year on January 18.
While I feel for #BridgetNamiotka and anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, I cannot support anyone who claims that “Nobody innocent hangs themself (sic).” Such an #ignorant statement to suggest suicide is a tied to anything other than hopelessness. https://t.co/SY7nHxEJku
— mkissian (@mkissian) May 21, 2019
Namiotka, 29, aired her accusations in a Facebook post on Sunday night, writing, “I’m sorry but john hurt at least 10 people including me. He sexually abused me for 2 years. Nobody innocent hangs themself.” At the time of his death, Coughlin was facing sexual misconduct allegations from three other women. Coughlin had repeatedly denied the allegations.
Namiotka and Coughlin skated together for three years, starting in 2004. In 2005, Namiotka and Coughlin placed in fifth place at the Junior Grand Prix and won a silver medal in the 2005 U.S. Championships. The following year, the pair missed out on a medal by less than half a point. The pair placed ninth in the 2007 United States Figure Skating Championships. Later, with partner Caitlin Yankowskas, Coughlin was the 2011 U.S. champion.
Bridget Namiotka Age
She was born on January 3, 1990, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.
Bridget Namiotka Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.67 m).
Bridget Namiotka Sexual Abuse
Bridget Namiotka wrote Sunday on Facebook that John Coughlin sexually abused her for two years while they were pairs figure skating partners.
Bridget Namiotka said John Coughlin sexually abused her for two years and also hurt 10 others. https://t.co/0yIFNJFthF
— vaishnavi.vaidyanathan (@vaishnavivaid19) May 21, 2019
Namiotka wrote, “I’m sorry but john hurt at least 10 people including me. He sexually abused me for 2 years. Nobody innocent hangs himself.”
Namiotka teamed with Coughlin 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 United States Figure Skating Championships.
Namiotka added in three additional posts:
“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.”
Figure skater John Coughlin’s suicide five months ago stunned fans. But now Bridget Namiotka, his former partner, reveals John sexually abused her for 2 years plus ‘at least’ nine other girls. John had been under investigation before he hung himself. https://t.co/f17gPxDDKL
— CABRAXAS (@CABRAXAS10) May 21, 2019
When asked to comment on Namiotka’s posts, Coughlin’s agent, Tara Modlin, said: : “It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable person’s Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question. … my suggestion is to call some of his other partners.”
Namiotka is the first woman to publicly accuse Coughlin of abuse.
Coughlin’s former representative, Tara Modlin, declined to comment to CBS News.
In a text message to USA Today, Modlin said, “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.”
Prior to his death in January, Coughlin called the allegations “unfounded.” Meanwhile, attorney John Manly, who represents Namiotka and two other women who have alleged that Coughlin sexually abused them, had the following to say 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.”
Fast Fact You Need To Know
- Bridget Namiotka was John Coughlin’s pairs partner between 2004 and 2007
- In January, he hanged himself after being suspended from the sport amid a sexual misconduct investigation
- None were proven and no one has come out to say he abused them until now
- On Monday, Namiotka, now 29, said on Facebook that he abused her and ‘at least’ nine other girls
- She was inundated with messages, both supportive and critical, afterward
- Coughlin’s family say he killed himself as a result of the ‘unsubstantiated’ rumors
U.S. Figure Skating is just out with a statement of full support for victims of sexual abuse but with no mention of Bridget Namiotka, who bravely went public on Facebook to say the late John Coughlin sexually abused her for two years. pic.twitter.com/9OQIlYOl6e
— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) May 21, 2019