VANCOUVER—Former Vancouver Olympics head John Furlong says he’ll sue a Vancouver weekly newspaper after it published a story about him allegedly abusing native students in a northern B.C. community four decades ago.
The story, published in Georgia Straight Thursday, quoted eight former students of Furlong’s who have signed affidavits for the weekly alleging the former VANOC CEO physically and mentally abused them.
Furlong said the reporter on the story, Laura Robinson, did not place a single call to him to verify any elements of the story. The Straight said it has received Furlong’s denial and has emailed questions to Furlong through his lawyer about why he does not mention the five years when he worked as a Catholic missionary in northern B.C. in his biography.
“Having experienced this reporter on many occasions in the past, this feels very much like a personal vendetta. And finally, let me just say on the very first occasion that this was brought to my attention prior to the Olympics I was advised that for a payment it could be made to go away.”
Furlong said he reported the matter to police at the time.