Victims' father lunges at Larry Nassar in court

Victims' father lunges at Larry Nassar in court

"I delivered, unintentionally, my three daughters to a demon", he said, expressing his angst as a parent. "I stand with you, my brother".

"Obviously what just occurred in the courtroom was scary and caused a level of discomfort for all of you", Cunningham said. She also gave an impact statement during the Ingham County sentencing.

"I'm so sorry, my princess", he said.

The violent outburst came after more than two weeks of raw, powerful statements from young women who were sexually abused by Nassar over the past two decades.

The hearing focuses on Nassar's work with Twistars, an elite MI gymnastics club.

Nassar has pled guilty to 10 counts of sexual conduct, seven in Ingham County and three in Eaton County.

According to WILX, Margraves lunged at Nassar after Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham declined to give him time alone with the former doctor.

Prior to the incident, two of Margraves' daughters told the judge that Nassar had sexually abused them and another sister under the appearance of giving them medical treatment. "All this is because of you". I always tried to work as hard as I could to be a good father and now I know what one of the reasons were, the main reason.

"I have never wanted to hate someone in my life, but my hate towards you is uncontrollable", the now-15-year-old told Nassar in court.

There were gasps and tears in the courtroom.

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Cunningham said she heard from Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis that Margraves had learned details about the assaults that he had not known before.

"I recognize that Mr. Margraves had three daughters that he has had to watch go through the pain and the hurt", she said. We can not and I can not 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.

The judge replied that was not an option and rebuked Margraves for his vulgar language in calling Nassar "a son of a bitch" in court.

"I got to hear that, and I got to see Larry Nassar over here shaking his head 'no, ' like it didn't happen", he said. "But as for the direct contempt of court there is no way this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case", she said.

"Now I have to deal with the fact that I failed to protect my daughters", he added.

"They're basically saying, 'Hey, I'm bigger than this". Many people feel that the university should have acted more quickly in this situation. The case will end Monday with final remarks from the prosecutor, defense and Nassar, followed by the judge's sentence. And last week, he was told he will spend 40 to 175 years in state prison for sexual assault of minors. "Let them know that you're not blaming them for anything that happened", she said.

"It's not that that's how we should respond".

It's easy to understand why Margraves wasn't interested in maintaining his emotions.

The county sheriff said his office would decide by next week whether to charge Margraves. But Nassar's reaction to his daughters' testimony pushed him over the edge.

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