Disgraced U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is back in court this week for a second sentencing hearing in Dimondale, Michigan, after he pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November 2017.
For the last three days, Nassar, who is believed to have sexually assaulted over 250 women during his time as a doctor, was forced to listen to more victim testimonies.
According to USA Today, this morning three sisters, all abused by Nassar, took the podium to share their truths. Their father, Randall Margraves, also approached the podium after his daughters were done speaking.
He asked Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Janice Cunningham if he could have five minutes alone with Nassar as part of his sentencing:
“I’m asking you as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes alone in a locked room with this demon.”
When Judge Cunningham said no, he pleaded with her, asking for just one minute alone.
When Cunningham said no again, Margraves took advantage of being so close to Nassar by lunging at the disgraced doctor, who has already been sentenced to 175 years in prison, as Dearly previously reported:
After being restrained by three different deputies, ABC News reports that Margraves continued to yell:
“Give me one minute with that bastard,” among other expletives.
One of the deputies attempted to calm the father down by saying something in his ear before he was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis then addressed the court asking that no other person use physical violence:
After he was removed from court, Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis addressed the court: “I don’t want to see another parents get arrested or put handcuffs on, or a victim.” pic.twitter.com/tLagjBpewR
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) February 2, 2018
It’s unclear what sort of repercussions Margraves will face as a result of his actions.
UPDATE [2/2/18, 3:44 p.m. EST]: According to the Associated Press:
Margraves has since apologized to the judge, calling himself a “distraught father.” Judge Cunningham, accepting his apology, told Margraves that it is unacceptable to “combat assault with assault,” but also said that there was no way she was going to punish the father for his actions.
UPDATE [2/2/18, 6:22 p.m. EST]: In an updated and corrected story, WJBK now reports:
The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the matter, however, and will turn their investigation over to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor could still choose to issue charges.