Randall Margraves, the father of several of Larry Nassar’s victims, tried to attack Nassar in court after referring to him as a “son of a b*tch.”
You can watch the dramatic video below. In it, the distraught and angry father asks the judge to give him five minutes in a locked room with Nassar, and then asks for one minute with the former, now disgraced doctor to America’s top gymnasts. The judge admonished the father not to use expletives in court, and the father then rushed toward Nassar before he was subdued by law enforcement officers who were providing security in the courtroom. Randall Margraves also referred to Nassar as a “demon” before rushing toward him in the dramatic courtroom scene.
Here’s another video of the moment from a slightly different vantagepoint:
Here’s video of Margraves being restrained by law enforcement on the floor of the courtroom. According to Lansing State Journal reporter, Matt Mencarini, writing on Twitter, “Moments before he rushed at Nassar, Randall Margraves asked Cunningham, as part of her sentence, to give him 5 min in a locked room with Nassar. She said she couldn’t do that. He asked for a min, she said she couldn’t allow that. Then he ran at Nassar.”
Here’s another view:
Three of Margraves’ daughters are among the many victims who were abused by Nassar. More than 150 women and girls have come forward with allegations against the disgraced doctor.
Some people on Twitter defended the angry father for his actions.
Wrote another man on Twitter, “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.”
Not everyone supported the father’s decision to lunge toward Nassar though. “Let his emotions get the best of him. Not unexpected, but it really doesn’t help. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some kind of “attempted assault” charges against him, and deservedly so,” wrote another man on Twitter.
Photos also captured the dramatic moment.
In contrast, according to CNN, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis admonished Randall Margraves, telling the father, “You cannot behave like this. This is letting him have his power over us.” Margraves responded, “You haven’t lived through it, lady.” The father was then removed from the courtroom.
A 53-year-old Michigan resident, Nassar was a faculty member at Michigan State University, a team physician for a local youth gymnastics club and the president of the Gymnastics Doctor Autism Foundation, which helps gymnastics clubs start programs for children with special needs, according to his website. Randall Margraves is the father of Lauren and Madison Margraves, who are victims of Larry Nassar. They had spoken emotionally to the judge right before their father lunged toward Nassar. According to CNN, a third Margraves daughter also spoke against Nassar at a different court proceeding.
You can learn more about Larry Nassar and the allegations against him here: