The father of three of Larry Nassar's victims just attacked him in court
Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women. And on February 2nd, the father of three of the victims attacked Nassar in court.
Randall Margraves, the father of three women Nassar abused, asked Judge Janice Cunningham for “five minutes in a locked room with that demon.” When Cunningham denied Margraves’ request, he lunged at Nassar.
Security guards restrained the Margraves and escorted him out of the courtroom. Later, Cunningham condemned the father’s attempt to “combat assault with assault” but said she would not punish him, given the pain Nassar’s actions had caused.
Margraves’ attack came after the testimony of two of his daughters, Lauren and Madison. Lauren testified that Nassar had penetrated her with his fingers when she was seeking treatment for injuries to her hamstring and pelvis. The third Margraves daughter, Morgan, had written a statement that was read at Nassar’s previous trial in Ingham County, Michigan, which ended on January 24th.
Margraves later apologized to the court and the security guards who restrained him for charging Nassar.
Although Cunningham will not punish Margraves, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich told local newspaper the Lansing State Journal that an investigation into the father’s attempted attack will continue, and that it will be sent to prosecutors for review.
The Eaton County sentencing is the third and final hearing for Nassar, which concentrates on victims who say Nassar abused them at the gymnastics club Twistar. So far, 30 women have given impact statements, and the trial is expected to continue the week of February 5th.
Nassar’s abuse continued for more than 20 years, despite many athletes reporting his actions. What Nassar did is despicable, and many have questioned why more than 150 victims had to speak up for Nassar to be brought to justice. While violence is never the answer, we can’t imagine the anguish that Nassar’s victims and their families are feeling right now. Our hearts go out to every person who was affected by Nassar’s actions.