Chrissy Teigen made good on her promise to support USA gymnasts by donating $200,000 to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend recently donated $200,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in honor of the USA Gymnastics Team, which means that Teigen made good on her promise to pay McKayla Maroney’s NDA fine for speaking out about her abuser, Larry Nassar. The USA Gymnastics doctor was recently sentenced to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of more than 150 women, many of them USA gymnasts.
When reports revealed that Maroney would be fined $100K if she spoke at Nassar’s sentencing because it violates the NDA she signed with USA Gymnastics to stay quiet about her abuse, Teigen offered to pay the fine.
“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,” Teigen tweeted on January 16th, 2018.
Over the weekend Teigen sent that money to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund on behalf of the entire USA Gymnastics team. Since the launch of the Time’s Up initiative on December 20th, 2017, their GoFundMe page for the Legal Defense Fund has already raised $19,350,200 which will “provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.”
Because the maximum donation Time’s Up can receive online is $50,000, Teigen made her hefty contribution offline, but the organization made her generous gift known on January 28th, 2018 by listing her contribution among the rest of their donations.
While USA Gymnastics decided NOT to enforce the NDA fine, it’s encouraging to hear that Teigen still has an invested interest in the futures of the brave individuals on the gymnastics team after the systemic abuse they endured for many, many years.