Larry Nassar Reportedly Stabbed in Prison

Disgraced sports doctor sexually abused young gymnasts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2023 8:01 AM CDT
Larry Nassar Reportedly Stabbed in Prison
A 2017 photo of Larry Nassar.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing female gymnasts, was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with another incarcerated person at a federal prison in Florida, reports the AP. Two people familiar with the matter said the attack happened Sunday at United States Penitentiary Coleman in Florida. One of the people said he had been stabbed in the back and in the chest, and he was said to be in stable condition on Monday. The sources spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity. ABC News also quotes two anonymous sources saying Nassar had been stabbed.

Nassar is serving decades in prison for convictions in state and federal courts. He admitted sexually assaulting athletes when he worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Separately, Nassar pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. During victim impact statements in 2018, several athletes testified that over the course of Nassar's more than two decades of sexual abuse they had told adults what was happening, including coaches and athletic trainers, but that it went unreported.

More than 100 women, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, collectively sought more than $1 billion from the federal government for the FBI's failure to stop Nassar when agents became aware of allegations against him in 2015. He was arrested by Michigan State University police in 2016, more than a year later. Michigan State, which was accused of missing chances over many years to stop Nassar, agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who were assaulted by him. USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee made a $380 million settlement.

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