USA Gymnastics says no fine for McKayla Maroney for speaking about sex abuse after Chrissy Teigen offers to pay penalty

Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter Tuesday morning to share a screenshot of a headline describing how U.S. Gymnastics Olympian McKayla Maroney could be fined $100,000 for speaking at her abuser’s sentencing because USA Gymnastics had her sign a nondisclosure agreement when she received her $1.25 million settlement.

“The entire principle of this should be fought — an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers,” Teigen tweeted,” but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you.”

The gold medalist is one of over 140 women who were sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

ABC News reports that Maroney responded later that evening to the supermodel’s offer with a statement through her lawyer to show her appreciation.

“I’m shocked by your generosity, and I just want you to know how much hope your words bring to all of us!” said Maroney.

Whether Teigen’s use of her social media brute force had any effect is unclear — the supermodel has over 9.59 million followers on Twitter alone and her message calling out USA Gymnastics was shared over 68,000 times in under 24 hours — but regardless, the organization has publicly backed away from any suggestion it would enforce the fine, claiming it “has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements.”

“USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out,” said the group in a statement released late Tuesday.

“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.”

Maroney hasn’t commented on whether she’ll speak at the hearing, set to continue for the next four days.

If she does come forward, she would join 98 women who were molested by Nassar and are willing to address the court.

On Tuesday alone, 29 athletes described over the course of eight hours what the former USA Gymnastics doctor did to them.

“I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar and those ‘treatments’ were pathetically veiled sexual abuse,” said victim Kyle Stephens, the first speaker of the day.

Nassar pled guilty in November to molesting girls while administering medical treatment. He’s already set to serve 60 years in prison after he pled guilty to federal child pornography charges.

Stephens described how she told her parents about what he had done and how he denied it, causing her family to initially doubt her accusations.

“Little girls don’t stay little forever,” Stephens told Nassar. “They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

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