Disgraced doctor Larry Nassar stabbed in Florida prison while serving time for sexually abusing US Olympic gymnasts

Two people familiar with the incident said Nassar had been stabbed in the back and chest, but that he was in stable condition.


Larry Nassar has reportedly suffered multiple stab wounds after an altercation broke out in a federal prison in Florida. Two people familiar with the incident said Nassar had been stabbed in the back and chest, but that he was in stable condition, according to the Associated Press

In 2018, Nassar was sentenced up to 175 years in federal prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing up to 300 female gymnasts at John Geddert’s Twistars USA Gymnastics Club, Michigan State University, and at his home in Holt, Michigan. 

The attack apparently happened Sunday at the United States Penitentiary Coleman in Florida. Nassar was relocated to Florida after being assaulted in Tucson, Arizona, where he was previously being held.

Nassar admitted to sexually assaulting athletes when he was employed at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Additionally, Nassar also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

When victims were giving impact statements in 2018, several claimed they had told adults around them what kind of abuse they were experiencing, including coaches and athletic trainers, but the complaints went unreported.

The report noted that over 100 women, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, had collectively attempted to get $1 billion from the government after it was revealed that the FBI had failed to do anything about Nassar when the allegations were initially brought to light in 2015. It was not until a year later, in 2016, that the Michigan State University police arrested him.

Michigan State was accused of missing opportunities to stop Nassar, which resulted in the university agreeing to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who were assaulted by the sports doctor. Additionally, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement.

There were more than 150 victims who spoke or submitted statements during the seven-day hearing more than four years ago. There was even a father, upon having the opportunity to speak, attempted to attack Nassar in the courtroom. 

“It’s over. … Almost six years after I filed the police report, it’s finally over,” Rachael Denhollander said, the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar.

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