You are not alone, McKayla Maroney!
After coming forward with her Doctor Larry Nassar abuse story in October on Twitter, in December 2017, the Olympian filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics for unlawfully making her sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of a financial settlement she received to pay for psychological treatment.
According to court papers, the group allegedly insisted on an NDA so “it could further conceal and shield from public scrutiny, outside investigation, and law enforcement, the true nature of Nassar’s horrific sexual abuse of minors.”
The disgraced physician — who has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography possession charges — faces more jail time after pleading guilty to sexual assault in November.
According to an article written by DailyMail.com, if Maroney speaks at the sentencing hearing — which begins on Tuesday and will run through Friday — she could potentially face a $100,000 fine for violating her NDA, despite first breaking it with the aforementioned Twitter post.
When Chrissy Teigen heard the story, she offered to pay the possible penalty in its entirety. As seen here:
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
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 16, 2018
In response, both The Good Place creator Michael Schur (under the social media pseudonym “Ken Tremendous”) and star Kristen Bell offered to split the costs.
Last month, USAG released a statement accusing Maroney’s team of orchestrating the confidentiality terms.
“Contrary to reports, the concept of confidentiality was initiated by McKayla’s attorney, not USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics cannot speak to the mediation process, which is confidential and privileged under California law… The process culminated in a settlement agreement that included a mutual nondisclosure clause and a mutual nondisparagement clause.”
McKayla’s lawsuit also seeks damages from the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michgan State University, and Nassar.
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