Model and entertainer Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to pledge her support for Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney.
Maroney has accused Nassar of sexually abusing her beginning at the age of 13, CNN reports. At that time, Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. On Twitter, the Olympian revealed that the doctor took advantage of her from 2012 to 2016 under the guise of medical treatment.
"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.' It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver," she wrote.
Maroney sued and received a settlement of $1.25 million from the USA Gymnastics team in 2016. And as part of the nondisclosure agreement she signed after receiving the settlement, she is not allowed testify in Nassar's hearing.
Teigen wasn't having this, and offered to pay the $100,000 fine should Maroney want to speak out.
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
There have been over 100 people who have come forward to accuse Nassar of unwanted sexual advances and sexual assault, according to Billboard. The latest of these is U.S. Gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, who revealed that she is a survivor of Nassar's abuse just this week. Others on the U.S. gymnastics team like Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas have also accused Nassar of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Last month, Maroney filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Nassar and Michigan State over the NDA. In a statement released shortly after the suit was filed, USA Gymnastics commented on the proceedings:
"USA Gymnastics cannot speak to the mediation process, which is confidential and privileged under California law," the statement said. "The process culminated in a settlement agreement that included a mutual nondisclosure clause and a mutual nondisparagement clause."
The statement added, "Although USA Gymnastics is disappointed by today's filing, we applaud McKayla and others who speak up against abusive behavior — including the despicable acts of Larry Nassar. We want to work together with McKayla and others to help encourage and empower athletes to speak up against abuse."