What began as one athlete’s story of abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar has become a harrowing tale of years of widespread abuse of vulnerable young women.
One of the brave athletes to come forward and share her story was Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney. In October, she explained:
It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was “treated.”
Maroney filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and was reportedly awarded $1.25 million in December 2016 as part of a settlement.
On Tuesday, the doctor’s four-day sentencing hearing began, and according to the Lansing State Journal, 88 women and girls are expected to give victim impact statements.
It hasn’t been reported if Maroney will be one of those 88, because her settlement also included a nondisclosure agreement. If the athlete speaks about Nassar, she faces a $100,000 fine.
However, if she wants to say something, model Chrissy Teigen is willing to pay the 22-year-old’s fine. On Tuesday, Teigen noted that the “entire principle” of an agreement “to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers” should be challenged.
It’s unlikely changes will be made in time for the hearing, so Teigen said, “I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla.”
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. pic.twitter.com/lsBEgEqZpD
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 16, 2018
Nassar was previously sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, and he currently faces an additional sentence that ranges from 25 years to life.
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