John Furlong drops defamation lawsuit against journalist Laura Robinson

The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong has dropped a defamation lawsuit against journalist Laura Robinson.

Furlong was suing Robinson for a story she penned for the Georgia Straight in 2012, which contained allegations that Furlong was abusive toward native students at Catholic schools while a teacher in northern B.C. four decades ago.

Furlong made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday morning. Vancouver Sun reporter Lori Culbert is covering the story.

Furlong had accused Robinson of carrying out a “vicious campaign” to destroy his reputation. He also labelled her “a long-time activist” who “masquerades as a responsible journalist.”

Robinson plans to still go ahead with her defamation suit.

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