CHARLOTTE, Mich. – An angry father who lunged at disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in a court proceeding Friday seems to have a lot of support from the public.
As of early Saturday, 921 donors had pledged a total of $31,481 (and growing) to help Randall Margraves, whose daughters were among Nassar’s molestation victims.
Supporters commended Margraves actions and said any father would have done the same thing.
Margraves leaped at Nassar on Friday after listening to two of his daughters deliver victim-impact statements, LET reported.
It began after Margraves requested permission from the court to make a statement. He appeared to look toward Nassar and said, “You son of a bitch.” Judge Janice Cunningham admonished Margraves for his language, but allowed him to continue. He then requested as part of the sentencing to be given “five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” Naturally, Cunningham patiently said she could not do that. Margraves followed up with a request for one minute.
When Cunningham declined again, Margraves charged Nassar, but court deputies tackled him almost immediately and took him into custody.
Even while being subdued on the ground Margraves said, “Let me at him . . . I want that son of a bitch . . . Give me one minute with that bastard . . . one minute.”
Moreover, while it’s unconfirmed, it appears one deputy whispered into Margraves ear as they overpowered and handcuffed him on the courtroom floor. It looked like the deputy provided some calming words as he tapped the distraught father on the shoulder. (Readers can make their own judgement by watching the video below.)
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Following the episode in court, friends and strangers rallied to support the distraught and angry father.
It began with a friend and co-worker Aaron Pangborn. He set up the GoFundMe page to help Margraves with any potential legal fees resulting from Friday’s courtroom outburst, which was captured on video and shared on YouTube.
“From one Union Family Man to Another. Proud of you Brother, Too bad you didn’t get a few licks in,” Cory Mara wrote on the page.
“As the father of 2 girls, the video made me cry . . . that you were stopped before you reached him. I would do the same. God Bless you and your family,” Robert Wykoski wrote. “I would do the same.”
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Pangborn described the mission as “to help a brother and friend in need.”
Showing judicial mercy, Judge Janice Cunningham ultimately opted against charging Margraves with contempt of court, but said she could have.
“There is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case,” Cunningham told Margraves after he apologized a “hundred times,” according to the New York Post.
So Margraves admitted he “lost his cool.”
“I came here in support of my daughters . . . I’m not here to upstage [them],”
Furthermore, he continued, “I’m here to help them heal.”
As a result, he agreed to not attend any future court proceedings involving Nassar.
Consequently, Pangborn said on the page that he would work with Margraves and his family to ensure the funds received will go to a good cause to help victims of sexual abuse.