U.S. Gymnastics Olympian McKayla Maroney won’t be able to testify against her abuser without loosing $100,000 — an injustice model Chrissy Teigen won’t let stand.
In December 2016, Maroney sued U.S. Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nasser, and received a settlement of $1.2 million. As part of the agreement, Maroney signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), forcing her to keep quiet about her abuse. So on Tuesday, as more than 140 people come forward to depict stories of Nassar’s sexual abuse, Maroney could not testify without facing a $100,000 fine.
Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.
That's when Teigen got involved. She posted a picture on Twitter that read, “Revealed: McKayla Maroney faces $100K fine if she speaks at Larry Nassar sentencing after USA Gymnastics made her sign an NDA ordering her to stay quiet about abuse as part of her $1.25M settlement.”
Teigen added, “The entire principle of this should be fought - an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla.”
Maroney did not immediately respond to Teigen's proposal.
Like Maroney, Olympians Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas were victims Nassar of sexual abuse.
“I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," Biles said Monday afternoon on Twitter. "There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now that it is not my fault.”
In response to Biles’ statement, USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body in the United States, pledged "unwavering" support for Biles.
"USA Gymnastics is absolutely heartbroken, sorry and angry that Simone Biles or any of our athletes have been harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar," the group told CNN on Tuesday. "We are our athletes' advocates. USA Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day."
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