This week, multiple victims of Larry Nassar began giving statements against him during his four-day sentencing hearing. 98 victims and family members are expected to read. One high-profile victim, however, cannot speak out against the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Nassar, former U.S. Gymnastics team doctor.
Olympian McKayla Maroney received a settlement of $1.25 million from the U.S. Gymnastics team in 2016 after suing, according to Billboard.com. To receive that settlement, Maroney signed a legal agreement and if she was to speak out at the sentencing for Nassar, she would reportedly face a $100K fine.
That fine isn’t a problem for model and activist Chrissy Teigen. She offered to pay Maroney’s fine if Maroney decided to speak at this week’s hearing.
“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," Teigen tweeted out on Monday.
It is unclear if Maroney will take Teigen up on that generous offer.
"Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'" Maroney wrote on Twitter last year. That tweet has since been removed.
USA Gymnastics told CBS News that they will not seek out money from Maroney.
"This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out," a statement said to CBS reads. "USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority – the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them."
Nassar has pleaded guilty to molestation charges and to federal child pornography charges. He has been accused of sexual abuse by about 140 females. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is one of those women. In a “60 Minutes” interview she said, “I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just -- I can't -- every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think -- I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.”
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