The father of three of Larry Nassar’s victims has lunged for the paedophile in court during sentencing.
Angered father Randall Margraves rushed at the former Team USA doctor, after asking the judge if he would be permitted five minutes alone in a locked room with the predator.
Two of Margraves’ daughters had testified about the abuse they had suffered at the hands of Nassar, with a third daughter also said to have experienced abuse.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 2, 2018
Following the testimonies of two of his daughters, Margraves put the following enquiry to the presiding judge:
I would ask you, as part of the sentencing to grant me 5 minutes in a locked room with this demon; would you give me one minute?
When the judge said this wouldn’t be allowed, Margraves ran at Nassar according to Reuters. However, before he could reach him, officers restrained and handcuffed him.
Margraves was taken from the court room, while he questioned police officers: ‘What if this had happened to you?’
You can watch the scene unfold below:
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There was audible crying in the courtroom as Nassar was taken away. Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis advised affected families to ‘use your words’ adding how violence ‘is not helping your children.’
54-year-old Nassar had pleaded guilty to several accounts of sexual assault against both girls and young women including many Olympians.
I know the normal platitudes are that violence/retaliation isn’t the answer, but a lot of parents of Larry Nassar’s victims either wanted to do this or would have been happy had this Dad completed the task pic.twitter.com/UHVCu2ynfE
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 2, 2018
Nassar was also sentenced to 60 years for possession of child pornography.
As the judge finished reading his sentence, witnesses stood up in the courtroom to applaud her verdict.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.