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Victims' father tries to attack Larry Nassar during sentencing hearing

Victims' father tries to attack Larry Nassar during sentencing hearing”

During a similar hearing that ended last week, more than 150 girls and women came forward to say Nassar abused them under the guise of medical treatment.

The hearing, which focused on sexual abuse that took place while Nassar worked with Twistars, an elite MI gymnastics club, resumed 25 minutes after the failed attack.

Shouts and gasps filled the courtroom while Margraves was wrestled to the ground by security personnel and arrested.

"Let me at that son of b*tch", Margraves yelled out as he was getting handcuffed. "My heart does go out to you and your family for what has happened to you". Judge Janice Cunningham allowed him to. Margraves was later released after apologizing to the judge.

"If he had gotten some licks in, I wouldn't have cried over it", Lavonda Simon, whose daughter was among Nassar's victims, said. The 54-year-old has already been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty in Ingham County to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

"Well, I'm going to have to", Margraves responded, and he launched into a sprint toward Nassar, who sat in an orange jumpsuit shackled at the ankles. He became very angry listening to them describe their abuse, and watching Nassar shake his head while they were speaking.

"There is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment, given the circumstances of this case", Cunningham said.

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"I understand Mr. Margraves' frustration but you can not do this", she said.

Approximately 30 women were heard from in written and in-person accounts Wednesday, during the first day of Nassar's final sentencing.

More victims are expected to speak.

Judge Cunningham said she could give Margraves a jail sentence or fine him up to $7,500, but she didn't want to do that.

"This is letting him have this power over us", she said. "My two sisters and I have had such a hard time just trying to talk to each other about this". He also has been sentenced to 60 years for child pornography possession.

The Nassar case has triggered a wave of upheaval in the sporting world, with Congress approving a new bipartisan bill to better protect amateur and collegiate athletes from sexual abuse. The charges in this case focus on his work with Twistars, an elite MI gymnastics club.



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