Sean Hutchison Denies Kukors’ Abuse Allegations In Statement

Swim coach Sean Hutchison has categorically denied the allegations that he groomed and sexually abused Olympian Ariana KukorsHutchison released a statement to the Associated Press through his attorney today.

Kukors came forward this week claiming that Hutchison began grooming her when she was 13 and began sexually abusing her as a teen. We contacted Hutchison for comment at the time, but didn’t receive a response. Hutchison’s attorney, Brad Meryhew, released a statement from Hutchison to the Associated Press today in which Hutchison denies ever abusing Kukors or doing anything that wasn’t consensual. He says the two were in a “committed relationship” after the 2012 Olympics and that the two lived together in Seattle.

USA Swimming has confirmed it investigated an allegedly inappropriate relationship between the two in 2010, but says Hutchison, Kukors’ and Kukors’ sister denied that a relationship existed. Kukors now says she lied at the time out of fear while still in the allegedly abusive relationship.

Hutchison’s full statement is below:

“At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual. I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself. Prior to that time, I did nothing to ‘groom’ her.

“After the 2012 Olympics we were in a committed relationship and Ariana lived at my residence in Seattle for more than a year. Her younger sister also lived with us for several months and her mother was a regular visitor to our home. I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later.”

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And in other news, Harvey Weinstein denies ever doing anything with young aspiring actresses that wasn’t consensual, and Al Franken “remembers the events a bit differently” than his accusers.

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Where did Sean coach Tommy Hannan before Texas? Confused by reading Sean say Hannan was his “first Olympian”

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Then this comment when Hannan left King seems quite egotistical by the man in question: Tommy Hannan, the head coach of the KING Aquatic Club (KING) in Seattle, has resigned his post to return to school full-time, and according to club owner Sean Hutchison “to pursue his life outside of full-time coaching.” “Tommy has done an incredible job over the last four years as the KING National team coach,” Hutchison said in a statement. “Personally, I have mixed emotions. Tommy is a friend who I have worked with in a variety of capacities for almost twenty years. He was my first USA National team member and first Olympian. We’ve been through a lot together. The mixed emotions come, on one… Read more »
Kirk Nelson

Tommy swam for King after graduating from Texas. He swam for King at 2004 Trials.

Presumably Eagle Swim Team in the Baltimore area. Although head coach Scott Ward is usually credited with coaching Hannan prior to UT with Eddie. Scott also developed Giles Smith.

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Then all the more intersting/egotistical quote by Sean when Hannan moved on. “My” first Olympian? “Tommy has done an incredible job over the last four years as the KING National team coach,” Hutchison said in a statement. “Personally, I have mixed emotions. Tommy is a friend who I have worked with in a variety of capacities for almost twenty years. He was my first USA National team member and first Olympian. We’ve been through a lot together. The mixed emotions come, on one hand, through losing, in a full time capacity, one of the best coaches I’ve seen, to, on the other hand, being an advocate and fan of his dreams to pursue what his life is intended to become.… Read more »

Sean’s legal team can’t even get the date right… “January 8th,2018”

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