Traumatised Father Of Three Girls Sexually Abused By Larry Nassar Attacks Him In Court

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Randall Margraves the enraged father of three daughters sexually abused by Larry Nassar jumped at the former USA gymnastics national team doctor in court in Michigan.  It took 3 Court guards to restrain him.

The chaotic scene began after sisters Lauren and Madison Margraves had finished reading their victim statements  at a court in Eaton County on Friday. Randall Margraves stood beside his daughters and his wife asked for a moment.

“I would ask you as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon,” he said, gesturing toward Nassar, who has already been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison at an earlier hearing after pleading guilty to molesting young women under the guise of medical treatment.

Judge Janice Cunningham told him he knew she could not do that, and reprimanded him after he called Nassar a son of a bitch. Before he asked for one minute and the Judge refused whilst some in the courtroom laughed.

Margraves then raced towards Nassar, seated in an orange jump suit nearby. Gasps, cries and shouts filled the courtroom as Margraves was wrestled to the ground and put in handcuffs while Nassar was taken out to safety.

“What if this happened to you guys?” he implored of the court officers as they pulled him out the room.

Randall Margraves (L) lunges at Larry Nassar,(wearing orange) a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, during victim statements of his sentencing in the Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 2, 2018 

Looking distressed, the lead prosecutor, Angela Povilaitis, turned to the victims and relatives in the courtroom and tried to restore calm.

“I understand Mr. Margraves’ frustration but you cannot do this,” she said. “This is not helping your children.”

The hearing resumed after a short break, with the judge addressing what she called a “scary” scene.

“My heart started beating fast and my legs started shaking,” Cunningham said. “We cannot react by using physical violence,” she said, noting she could not imagine Margraves’ pain as a father.

Nassar is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions

On Thursday, the police department in Meridian, Michigan, apologized publicly to one victim for declining to press charges against Nassar in 2004 when she reported that he abused her.

The Wall Street Journal also said on Thursday that U.S. Olympic officials did not intervene after being told in 2015 that USA Gymnastics had uncovered possible abuse by Nassar.

As a result the USA Gymnastics’ board of directors agreed to a demand by the U.S. Olympic Committee that they all resign in the wake of Nassar’s sentencing, as did the president and athletic director of Michigan State.

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