USA Gymnastics Says It Will Not Seek Money From McKayla Maroney

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Last October, McKayla Maroney came forward as one of the 140-plus people who say they were sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. About two months later, it was revealed that USAG and Maroney came to an agreement in December of 2016 to remain silent about the abuse: USAG paid Maroney $1.25 million in the non-disclosure agreement, and there was a $100k fine if Maroney were to speak publicly about the abuse. 

On January 16, USAG released a statement saying they would not be seeking money from Maroney. 

"USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing. This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health, and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them."

This statement was released during Nassar's trial where over 100 people are expected to read victim impact statements. The statement also coincides with the NDA settlement gaining press after celebrity Chrissy Tiegen offered to pay Maroney's $100K fine for speaking out.



Actress Kristen Bell also offered financial support to Maroney to pay the fine.



Nassar's trial is being held in Ingham County, Michigan.

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