As Larry Nassar made his way back to yet another courtroom for even more counts of sexual abuse, the disgraced U.S. gymnastics doctor sat through one of the most startling moments the court has seen since his journey through the justice system began.
Last week, while three sisters gave their full statements of impact to the court, their father stood by, growing more and more furious. As Dearly previously reported, Randall Margraves then approached the podium himself to address the judge.
He asked if, as part of Nassar’s sentencing, he could be granted five minutes alone with “the demon”:
“I’m asking you as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes alone in a locked room with this demon.”
The judge refused, saying that’s not how the justice system works. Margraves then pleaded to be granted “one minute” in a locked room with Nassar.
The judge still refused, and that’s when Margraves snapped. He lunged at Nassar, but the former doctor’s defense attorney and accompanying police officers intercepted him. The father of three victims was tackled to the ground, handcuffed, and escorted out of the courtroom.
After the incident, a much calmer Margraves explained the reason for his violent outburst to CBS News:
“I ended up delivering unknowingly all three of my daughters to a demon that had his own personal, twisted, sick agenda. I’ll never forgive that guy.”
And since the video of his attempted attack went viral, he addressed the thousands of people calling him a “hero,” saying:
“I am no hero, my daughters are the heroes, and all the other victims.”
He also clarified his intentions to CBS News:
“I did not think about wanting to kill him, but I did want to inflict some pain.”
One of his daughters also had something to say on her father’s behalf, saying he simply reacted the way she believes most dads would, Daily Mail reports:
“It’s easy to get caught up when emotions are running high. He reacted in a way that I feel most fathers would have done, and probably wanted to do in a situation like this. But after reflecting on what happened earlier, my father is remorseful — and justice cannot be served by one individual, it most go through the judicial system.”
In the end, however, the judge let Margraves off the hook for his outburst, telling the court, as the Daily Mail reports:
“I recognize that Mr. Margraves has three daughters that he had to watch go through this pain and hurt. If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters had to say, I can’t imagine what it is like for him.”
Despite being sentenced to 175 years in his last trial, Nassar is still facing more sentencing as his victims from all across the country seek justice.