Last month, ex-Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls came forward to accuse him of sexually abusing them. Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of Ingham County, Michigan, handed down that judgement, saying that it was a "privilege," and adding that she had "just signed your death warrant."
This week, Nassar is in the courtroom of Judge Janice Cunningham in Eaton County, Michigan, for a third sentencing hearing. Dozens of women there are expected to deliver statements, bringing the total number of people making allegations against Nassar to 265.
As of Wednesday, 65 women were expected to speak at the hearing in Eaton County. Officials say that number could grow if more survivors come forward.
Two of the young women to speak were Lauren and Madison Margraves, who say they were abused by Nassar along with their sister, who spoke at the earlier sentencing.
The father of the three women, Randall Margraves, also spoke, describing himself as a "distraught father."
"I would ask you, as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon," he asked. "Would you give me one minute?" The judge declined, saying: "that's not how our legal system works."
"Well I'm going to have to," Margraves responded as he launched himself into a sprint towards Nassar, before being taken to the ground by security.
The incident was caught on camera from several angles.
Randall Margraves, father of Lauren and Madison Margraves tried to attack Nassar after two of his three daughters gave their victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court. @MattMencarini @LSJNews @LSJGreenWhite #Nassar #NassarSentencing pic.twitter.com/iHsaxlik0u— Matthew Dae (@mdslsj) February 2, 2018
"You cannot behave like this," Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said during the incident. "This is letting him have his power over us."
Margraves responded: "You haven't lived through it, lady."
Athletes including Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard, Jamie Dantzscher, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Maggie Nichols, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Jordyn Wieber, have been among those who accused the Nassar.
Social media seemed to largely side with the father on this one.
I sincerely hope the charges against Randall Margraves (if any) are dropped. Every father in America, especially those belonging to Larry Nassar's victims, wanted to do what he tried to do, which was wrong but certainly justifiable. #LarryNassar— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) February 2, 2018
Randall Margraves, the father of three girls abused by Larry Nassar, just rushed Nassar in the courtroom, saying: “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?”— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 2, 2018
Ohmygod. Randall Margraves, a father whose 3 daughters were abused by Nassar, just tried to attack Nassar in the courtroom. Was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and taken out of the courtroom. "Give me one minute with that son of a bitch." pic.twitter.com/yYCHEk7b2Y— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) February 2, 2018
Randall Margraves' lunging at Larry Nassar was perhaps the most dramatic moment during the nine days of sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar.— Kim Kozlowski (@kimberkoz) February 2, 2018
I do not blame Randall Margraves one bit— Jay (@JayStylus) February 2, 2018
I'd like to think I'd done at least as much
Well looks like Randall Margraves will be spending the day in jail. Make it the same cell as Larry Nassar's.— Willie James Outlaw (@WillieJOutlaw) February 2, 2018
I do not blame Randall Margraves one bit. Larry Nassar molested all three of his daughters and he isn’t even allowed to curse at him.— Sundae93 (@sundaegirl93) February 2, 2018
I'm a pacifist but nothing tests that more than "what would you do if someone hurt your kids?"— Mr Ten Below (@Dad_Loop) February 2, 2018
So, I'm on Randall Margraves side here. Just grant him five minutes alone with Nassar.
"What if this happened to you guys?"- Randall Margraves, to the officers arresting him for trying to attack #LarryNassar after his daughters delivered their impact statements.— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) February 2, 2018
The judge then scolded him and he said: "You haven't lived through it, lady."https://t.co/UUEU3oBfWk
What do you think of this incident?