Dad of 3 Girls Abused by Larry Nassar Tries to Attack Him in Court


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Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who sexually abused more than 150 gymnasts under his care, was back in court this morning in Eaton County, Michigan, to answer to additional charges. But the trial was interrupted when the father of three girls abused by Nassar lunged at him and tried to attack him. Now, video of the attempt is going viral and sparking a major debate online.

  • In a clip posted by CNN, Randall Margraves asks Judge Janice Cunningham for "five minutes in a locked room with this demon."

    The judge, of course, declines the request. "Then would you give me one minute?" Margraves replies.

    Judge Cunningham starts to explain why she can't do that, but she gets cut off by Margraves, who runs and lunges at Nassar before being tackled by three police officers. As he's apprehended by the cops, Margraves yells, "I want that son of a bitch! Give me one minute with that bastard."

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  • As officers escort him out of the coutroom, Margraves heartbreakingly asks, "What if this happened to you guys?"

    Margraves is the father or Lauren and Madison Margraves, both of whom gave statements before his outburst explaining how Nassar had sexually abused them while their parents were in the room. His third daughter, Morgan, read her statement at Nassar's sentencing earlier this month. Over the course of Nassar's trial, dozens of victims have shared similar stories, stating that Nassar used different body positions and intimidation to hide the abuse from unknowing parents.

  • As many people on the CNN Facebook page pointed out, it's difficult to blame Margraves for what he did in that courtroom.

    One person even said, "He's a hero in my eyes! All three of his daughters were abused. I can't even imagine his heartache."

  • Another person wrote that ANYONE who abuses a child should be handed over to the kid's parents for five minutes.

    Of course, that's not how justice really works. 

    CNN reports Margraves was brought back into the courtroom in handcuffs during a lunch break and apologized profusely for his outburst. Judge Cunningham released him without fines or punishment but told the distraught father, "You have to understand that this is a courtroom and this is where we carry out and enforce the rules of law. We cannot and I cannot tolerate or condone vigilantism or any other type of action that basically comes down to an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That's not what's best in this situation. What's best here is that we take this horrible tragedy and we learn to educate people."

  • Many people agreed with the judge and criticized Margraves for losing his cool.

    One person even accused him of being selfish, writing, "How embarrassing and what was he thinking when their daughters were present? Not happy with [the] 175-year sentence? What more does he want ... Some people can be selfish in these days."

  • Of course violence and outbursts aren't the answer, but for a parent, it's all too easy to understand what Margraves is feeling.

    Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison in Ingham County, Michigan, on January 24, 2018. He'll receive another sentence once the current trial in Eaton County ends. But for his victims and the families of his victims, there's likely no sentence that could ever feel long enough. Nassar sexually abused hundreds of young women under the guise of medical treatment and betrayed the trust of their parents and coaches. 

    On Friday, the US Olympic Committee announced that a law firm has been hired to conduct an independent investigation into whether or not the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics knew about Nassar's abuse and attempted to cover it up. As more and more details come out about this case, the rage and heartbreak that drove Margraves to lunge at Nassar is something we all share.

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