“Justice or Revenge? Larry Nassar’s Infamous Past Takes a Deadly Turn in Prison”

Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing female gymnasts, was stabbed numerous times during a confrontation with another inmate at a federal prison in Florida.

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Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar arrives for impact statements during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan.
More than 100 women and girls accuse Nassar of a pattern of serial abuse dating back two decades, including the Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney — who have lashed out at top sporting officials for failing to stop him. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

 

An official with the union that represents prison personnel confirmed to NBC News that Larry Nassar was stabbed in the neck, chest, and back, as well as having a lung collapsed, in the incident on Sunday at the United States Penitentiary Coleman in Florida.

Joe Rojas, president of Local 506, stated on Monday that he was in stable condition.

In a statement, the Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an inmate was assaulted at the facility on Sunday afternoon, but declined to identify Larry Nasser by name due to privacy considerations.

“We can confirm that on Sunday, July 9, 2023, at approximately 2:35 pm, an inmate was assaulted at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Coleman II, in Sumterville, Florida,” said the statement.

“Responding personnel immediately began life-saving measures.” Staff requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and efforts to save lives continued. The convict was transferred to a nearby hospital by EMS for further care and evaluation.

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CHARLOTTE, MI – FEBRUARY 05: Larry Nassar sits in court listening to statements before being sentenced by Judge Janice Cunningham for three counts of criminal sexual assault in Eaton County Circuit Court on February 5, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan. Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 girls and young women while he was a physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Cunningham sentenced Nassar to 40 to 125 years in prison. He is currently serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Last month a judge in Ingham County, Michigan sentenced Nassar to an 40 to 175 years in prison after he plead guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

According to the bureau, the FBI has been contacted, and an internal inquiry has been initiated.

There were no other information supplied about the incident.

In 2018, over 150 lawsuits were filed against Larry Nassar, Michigan State University (MSU), the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and the Twistars Gymnastics Club.

Following these developments, the entire 18-member board of USA Gymnastics, including Steve Penny, resigned. MSU President Lou Anna Simon, MSU Director of Athletics Mark Hollis, and other MSU officials also resigned.

The crimes committed by Nassar at MSU and USA Gymnastics have drawn comparisons to the sexual abuse crimes of coach Jerry Sandusky at Penn State University.

In both cases, institutional authorities failed to report or attempted to conceal the activities of the perpetrators instead of contacting law enforcement immediately.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette promised a thorough investigation into how Nassar was able to abuse young women for decades while working at the university.

MSU agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits filed by 332 alleged victims, making it the largest settlement amount in history for a sexual abuse case involving a university.

However, in December 2019, Schuette’s successor, Dana Nessel, announced the suspension of the investigation.

At the 2018 ESPY Awards ceremony, over 140 victims of Nassar’s abuse appeared together on stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

Gymnasts Sara Klein and Aly Raisman, along with softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez, accepted the award on behalf of all the victims.

They recognized the efforts of lead detective Andrea Munford, former assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis, and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for their work.

Singer MILCK performed her song “Quiet,” written from her own experience of sexual abuse, at the ceremony.

In July 2018, Nassar sought a new sentencing hearing due to perceived bias by Judge Aquilina, but his request was denied by Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham.

In 2019, HBO released a documentary titled “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal,” exposing Nassar’s serial sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups by the institutions involved.

The Netflix documentary “Athlete A” in 2020 also explored Nassar’s scandal and crimes. Later that year, the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected Larry Nassar’s request for a sentencing hearing for the Ingham County charges and accusations of Judge Aquilina’s bias.

Did Larry Nassar’s wife leave him?

In 2017, she ended her marriage with him. US Olympic gymnasts have achieved a settlement of $380 million with two Olympic organizations in the case involving Larry Nassar.

Who brought down Larry Nassar?

The beginning of Nassar’s downfall can be traced back to August 2016 when the Indianapolis Star, through traditional local investigative reporting, focused its attention on USA Gymnastics based in Indianapolis.

After conducting a thorough investigation lasting five months, the Star unveiled a significant exposé. It was during this time that a crucial email from Rachael Denhollander, one of Nassar’s victims, emerged, marking a turning point in the case.

What is the Michigan State scandal?

The agreement reached with Anderson’s victims is one among many settlements made by universities in response to sex abuse scandals.

For instance, Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to resolve allegations from over 300 women and girls who reported being assaulted by Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the university.

 

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