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Celebs want McKayla Maroney to speak out on abuse. Why she’s ‘shocked’ by the support

Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney will have her fine paid by celebrities if she chooses to speak out on abuse allegations.
Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney will have her fine paid by celebrities if she chooses to speak out on abuse allegations. Associated Press file

McKayla Maroney is one of nearly 100 reported sexual abuse victims of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who faced some of his accusers Tuesday in a Michigan courtroom.

However, the former Olympic gymnast – who may always be remembered for the “not impressed” look she gave when accepting the silver medal in the vault during the 2012 London Games – reportedly faces a $100,000 fine if she speaks about the abuse or the $1.25 million settlement she agreed to in 2016.

A few celebrities say they’ll cover the bill in hopes that Maroney doesn’t stay silent.

Model Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter on Tuesday to say she “would be absolutely honored to pay this fine” for her.

Television producer Michael Schur and actress Kristen Bell added that they would chip in on it.

Schur, who goes by Ken Tremendous on Twitter, said he'd split it with Teigen, with Bell offering to go thirds.

According to E! News, Maroney has thanked Teigen for her offer.

“I’m shocked by your generosity, and I just want you to know how much hope your words bring to all of us!” she said in a statement released to the network through her legal team. “I just can’t get over the fact that someone I don’t personally know is sticking up for me, let alone a strong woman that I’ve looked up to for years!”

Nassar – who sat Tuesday as his accusers spoke to the court in Lansing, Mich., during the first of a four-day sentencing hearing – could face at least 40 years in prison on top of the 60-year federal prison term he recently received in a child pornography case.

Among Nassar’s accusers are Maroney’s Olympic teammates Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

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