Disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, known for his convictions of sexually abusing female gymnasts, was involved in a violent altercation at a federal prison in Florida. Reports indicate that Nassar was stabbed multiple times during the incident, which occurred at United States Penitentiary Coleman. The attack took place on Sunday, and Nassar is currently in stable condition, recovering from injuries sustained to his back and chest.
The identities of the individuals involved in the altercation have not been disclosed, and an ongoing investigation is underway. Authorities, along with prison officials, are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Larry Nassar gained infamy for his sexual assaults on gymnasts, including those who represented the United States at the Olympics. His crimes led to his conviction and subsequent sentencing to decades in prison. Nassar had previously admitted to sexually assaulting athletes during his tenure at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. He also faced charges related to the possession of child pornography.
During the 2018 victim impact statements, numerous athletes testified about Nassar’s extensive history of abuse, revealing that they had previously informed adults, including coaches and athletic trainers, about the misconduct. Unfortunately, their reports went unheeded, perpetuating the cycle of abuse.
In the aftermath of the scandal, over 100 women, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, collectively sought more than $1 billion in damages from the federal government. They held the FBI accountable for their failure to intervene when allegations against Nassar first surfaced in 2015. Nassar’s arrest came more than a year later, in 2016, by the Michigan State University police.
Recognizing their responsibility in allowing Nassar’s abuse to persist, Michigan State University reached a settlement of $500 million with over 300 women and girls who were victimized by Nassar. Additionally, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee agreed to a settlement of $380 million, acknowledging the profound impact on the survivors.