Larry Nassar: stabbed ex-sports doctor jailed for abuse

Attack by fellow inmate
In prison for hundreds of abuses: ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar stabbed in prison

Former US Gymnastics Physician Larry Nassar is in hospital with multiple stab wounds

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Former US sports doctor Larry Nassar, who is being held in a Florida prison on hundreds of sexual abuse charges, has been stabbed in the neck, chest and back by a fellow inmate.

Former US sports doctor Larry Nassar, who is serving a life sentence for sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts, has been stabbed in prison. The 59-year-old was attacked by a fellow inmate at Coleman II maximum-security prison in Sumterville, Florida on Sunday, local correctional officers’ union chief Joe Rojas told AFP on Monday. Nassar suffered a total of ten stab wounds in his neck, chest and back.

His condition is “stable,” Rojas said. The Federal Department of Corrections only confirmed that an inmate was attacked at Coleman II Prison on Sunday afternoon. Emergency services immediately initiated “life-saving measures” and the injured person was taken to a hospital. The authority did not name a name for reasons of privacy protection.

Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in prison

Nassar is said to have sexually abused more than 265 women and girls over decades during his time as a sports doctor. Among his victims were several Olympians, including gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. The US gymnasts’ longtime team doctor had presented his sexual activities to the girls as part of an examination or treatment. The scandal shook gymnastics in the United States deeply.

Nassar was initially sentenced in 2017 to up to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography. In 2018 he was then charged with two lawsuits for sexual Sentenced to 40 to 175 years of abuse and then to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison.

US Gymnastics Federation paid compensation

The gymnastics association USA Gymnastics agreed in 2021 to pay 380 million dollars (around 347 million euros) in compensation to victims as part of an agreement. Three years earlier, Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked, agreed to pay $500 million to the doctor’s victims.


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