Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have Team USA’s back.
The couple donated $200,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund “on behalf of the heroic gymnasts of the USA Gymnastics Team.”
The sizable contribution comes after Teigen’s vocal support of the female gymnasts who have come forward about accusations of sexual misconduct against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing girls under the guise of medical treatment.
As ET previously reported, Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing seven girls last November, after he was accused of molesting dozens of girls as young as six years old over the past three decades. Many of his accusers were members of the USA Gymnastics team, including Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas. Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force, and you are nothing," Raisman told Nassar in a scathing, nearly 15-minute statement when she confronted him in court last week. "The tables have turned, Larry. We are here, we have our voices and we are not going anywhere."
Days before Maroney was set to speak at Nassar’s multi-day sentencing hearing, where victims were giving impact statements, it was reported that the Olympian faced a $100,000 fine, violating a NDA she signed.
Taking to Twitter, Teigen pledged to pay her legal fees. “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,” she wrote.
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