CHARLOTTE, Mich. (CBSNewYork) — The father of three daughters who say they were molested by Larry Nassar tried to attack the disgraced former gymnastics doctor in a Michigan courtroom Friday.
Before lunging at Nassar, Randall Margraves asked the judge, “I would ask you to, as part of the sentencing, to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon.”
When the judge said no, he asked for one minute, and when he was denied that, he rushed at Nassar.
Margraves was tackled by bailiffs before he could get to Nassar. The father was taken away in cuffs and placed in a holding cell.
Crying could be heard as Nassar was quickly escorted out.
Off camera, the assistant attorney general told families to use words, not violence, to which Margraves responded, “You haven’t lived through it, lady.”
The hearing was temporarily halted.
When the judge returned, she addressed the outburst saying, “If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters have to say, I can’t imagine what it is like for a parent. No one is making any excuses for what the defendant did in this case. However, these are legal proceedings, and the criminal justice system is doing what it is supposed to do.”
Nassars’ defense attorney released a statement thanking the deputies in the courtroom for keeping him safe.
“I lost control. I apologize 100 times,” he said. “You have my word I will not be at future proceedings. I didn’t come to proceedings before today. I came solely for support of my daughters today. I definitely calmed down. I’m embarrassed. I’m not here to upstage my daughters. I’m here to help them heal.”
Judge Janice Cunningham decided she will not charge Margraves with direct contempt of court.
“There is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case, and my heart does go out to you and your family because of what you’ve gone through,” Cunningham said.
Margraves later apologized to the judge for his actions.
His three daughters are among the more than 250 who have come forward to detail the pain and deep emotional scars caused by Nassar.
“I really feel like my entire family has gone through hell and back these last few months because of what Larry Nassar did to both my sisters and I years ago,” one of Margraves’ daughters said.
“I feel like I’ll never be able to trust a man ever again,” said another daughter.
“Larry, you’ve turned my entire universe upside down,” said another abuse survivor, Taylor Helber.
This is Nassar’s third sentencing.
Last week, he was confronted by more than 150 women and girls about his abuse. He was then sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.
The latest sentencing hearing began Wednesday and focuses on Nassar’s assaults at the Lansing-area gymnastics club Twistars that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert.
Previously, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for admitting to possessing child pornography. He will have to finish that sentence before he begins serving the sentences in the state cases.