Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend have donated $200,000 to honor the U.S. gymnasts who recently came forward to testify against now convicted sex offender Larry Nassar.
The celebrity couple gave the money to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, calling the gymnasts’ efforts “heroic,” according to the GoFundMe page.
The legal defense fund, run by the National Women’s Law Center, aims to “provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace.”
Nassar was convicted on seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Over 140 women came forward to claim that the former USA Gymnastics doctor had sexually abused them.
Teigen previously offered to pay fines that gymnast McKayla Maroney might have faced for testifying at Nassar’s trial, as she had signed a nondisclosure agreement from a previous court settlement.
USA Gymnastics later said they would not fine Maroney, saying it “encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out.”
As of Monday, the Time’s Up GoFundMe campaign was just about $150,000 short of its $19.5 million goal.