Former Vancouver Olympic CEO denies allegations in lawsuit against reporter

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VANCOUVER - Former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong denies new allegations of abuse by a freelance reporter.

Newly filed court documents say additional accusations in Laura Robinson's statement of defence that Furlong abused his former wife, a former common-law spouse, and students are defamatory and never occurred.

Furlong also attacks Robinson's journalistic integrity, alleging the woman has a history of reporting serious inaccuracies and has a reckless regard for the truth.

Robinson wrote an article last fall accusing Furlong of harming native students when he taught at a Burns Lake, B.C., Catholic school, prompting him to launch a lawsuit against her and the newspaper The Georgia Straight.

Earlier this week, two women filed lawsuits against Furlong alleging he sexually molested them while he was a teacher in 1969 and 1970.

Furlong has yet to file a statement of defence in the latest lawsuits, and none of the allegations against him have been proven in court.

Organizations: Robinson's, Catholic school

Geographic location: VANCOUVER, Burns Lake

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