BURNS LAKE, B.C. — A woman who filed a lawsuit alleging former Olympic CEO John Furlong sexually abused her while he was a teacher in Burns Lake, B.C., has dropped the court action.
Beverly Abraham’s lawsuit against Furlong was dismissed in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday with no costs to either party, after she asked the court to allow her to withdraw the suit.
Abraham says three of her family members have died recently, and she couldn’t handle the stress of the lawsuit on top of her grief.
She says she decided that pulling the lawsuit was the best option for her to move on with her life after consulting with hereditary chiefs from her First Nation.
A statement from Furlong’s lawyer says he has always maintained the allegations from Abraham and two other accusers are false, and an RCMP investigation has also concluded Abraham’s allegations are not supported.
The allegations against Furlong surfaced in a 2012 newspaper article written by freelance journalist Laura Robinson that claimed he abused students while teaching in northern B.C. in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Furlong is suing the reporter for libel, while Robinson is suing Furlong for defamation.