"Give me one minute with the bastard!" Randall Margraves reportedly yelled as security tackled him after he lunged at Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on Friday

By Char Adams
February 02, 2018 09:57 AM
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A father to three sexual assault victims of Larry Nassar tried to attack the disgraced former gymnastics doctor in a Michigan courtroom on Friday, after two of his children gave emotional victim impact statements.

Randall Margraves was tackled by police in the Eaton County Circuit Courtroom Friday morning, after asking the judge for a few minutes alone with the predator who abused his daughters.

“Let me at him! I want that son of a bitch!” Margraves yelled as bailiffs held him down on the courtroom floor. “Give me one minute with that bastard!”

Credit: Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press/AP
Credit: Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press/AP

The display came after Margraves’ daughter Lauren testified in court, detailing that life has been a “crazy whirlwind” since Nassar first abused her when she was 13 years old, according to the Detroit News. Both Lauren and her sister Madison gave statements to the court, and said that their other sister had also been abused by the former Michigan State and Team USA gymnastics doctor.

“I want to ask you to, as part of the sentencing, to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon,” Margraves asked.

After the judge said no, the anguished father asked, “Would you give me one minute?”

She again said no, and Margraves ran toward Nassar, who was shielded by his lawyers before moving away.

After Margraves and his family left the courtroom, Judge Janice K. Cunningham called the incident “scary.”

“What Mr. Nassar did is horrible,” she said, according to WILX reporter Clayton Cummins. “But please let the criminal justice system do what it is supposed to do.”

Margraves appeared in a special hearing with Judge Cunningham after the incident, according to WDIV. She reportedly said the father will not be punished for the attempted assault. She said there was “no way” Margraves would face charges, according to the Associated Press.

Footage of the attack quickly circulated online, with many weighing in on the incident.

“I know the normal platitudes are that violence/retaliation isn’t the answer, but a lot of parents of Larry Nassar’s victims either wanted to do this or would have been happy had this Dad completed the task,” ESPN’s Jemele Hill tweeted.

Another social media user wrote: “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.”

In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual conduct, an Eaton County court spokesperson told PEOPLE. Two of the counts were first-degree and one was in the third degree. Two of the counts involved girls between the ages of 13 and 15, and one against a girl younger than 13.

Ex-USA Gymnastics Official Larry Nassar is Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Over 100 Young Women and Girls

Last month, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of Michigan’s Ingham County Circuit Court sentenced the 54-year-old predator to up to 175 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven similar charges in that county. The sentencing followed days of moving impact statements from dozens of victims

“Your crimes have cut into the core of this community and families and many we don’t know,” Aquilina said before handing down the sentence. “There was no medical treatment. You did this for your pleasure and your control. You still think that somehow you are right … I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.”

“It was my honor and privilege to sentence you,” Aquilina added later, stating that she wants him to remain in prison for the rest of his life. “I just signed your death warrant.”

More than 250 women and girls have accused Nassar of assault, including gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.