Chrissy Teigen: I'll Pay Fine if Maroney Speaks at Sentencing

Gymnast could have been penalized $100K under NDA
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2018 3:03 AM CST
Chrissy Teigen Offers to Pay $100K Fine for Maroney
In this Aug. 17, 2013 photo, McKayla Maroney smiles after competing on the floor exercise during the U.S. women's national gymnastics championships in Hartford, Conn.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola,File)

Under the terms of a nondisclosure agreement she signed as part of a settlement with USA Gymnastics in 2016, McKayle Maroney could face a $100,000 fine if she speaks out about her sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nasser—and model Chrissy Teigen says she will pay it. Nasser has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and around 90 victims are expected to deliver statements at his sentencing hearing this week, USA Today reports. "The entire principle of this should be fought," Teigen tweeted Tuesday. "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."

Michael Schur and Kristin Bell from NBC's The Good Place also offered to help pay the fine, though USA Gymnastics later said it would not be necessary. In a statement, the organization said it has "not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar." The Washington Post reports that Maroney thanked Teigen, saying: "Thank you Chrissy, you’re so inspiring, and things are starting to change because of people like you!" Nassar, who is already serving 60 years on child porn charges, could be sentenced to up to 125 years at this week's hearing in Michigan. (Simone Biles says she was one of his victims.)

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