Chrissy Teigen offers to pay fine for McKayla Maroney’s truth-telling about her sexual assault
USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by over 140 women. Previously, in a separate case, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Now he faces charges of criminal sexual conduct that could carry sentences of life in prison. This week 98 victims and family members are scheduled to take the witness stand to share their stories.
The survivors include several former Olympic gold medalists, such as Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. Under the guise of medical treatment, the disgraced team physician performed horrific acts of sexual misconduct - and some of his victims were as young as six years old. "Little girls don't stay little forever," said gymnast Kyle Stephens, when she confronted Nassar in court. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."
It looks like justice is being served, but if McKayla Maroney takes the stand, she faces a huge fine. In October 2017, the "Fierce Five" Olympian revealed she had been abused by Nassar from the age of 13 until the age of 20 - experiences which drove her to consider committing suicide. USA Gymnastics learned of Nassar's actions in 2016, and gave McKayla a $1.25 million settlement. However, that settlement included a non-disclosure agreement, which says if the 22-year-old athlete ever speaks about her abuse she will have to pay a $100,000 penalty. (Really, USA Gymnastics? Come on.)
In fact, McKayla may have already violated the NDA by speaking out against Nassar last October. It doesn't seem fair that, with all that she's suffered, she should have to pay a hefty fine on top of everything. Well, luckily, someone has McKayla's back: model, host and the queen of social media, Chrissy Teigen. Chrissy offered to pay the hundred grand, tweeting, "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."
This isn't the first time Chrissy Teigen's swooped in with a magnanimous gesture. Last year she left a $1,000 tip for a 21-year-old waitress at an Outback Steakhouse in Ohio. And she's always being awesome on social media. Her hilarious, candid posts have racked up over 9 million followers on Twitter and over 15 million followers on Instagram. It's great that she's offering to pay McKayla's fine - it saves a victim of sexual assault a hundred grand, plus it draws attention to how ridiculous it is that a fine exists in the first place. Why is everybody talking about Oprah running for president? Clearly it should be Chrissy Teigen.
This week the victims are sharing their stories, and although they may be hard to hear, it's important that they be heard. With the #MeToo movement rocking Hollywood and Washington, it's clear that women aren't going to be silent about sexual assault anymore - even it means paying a $100,000 penalty.