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Larry Nassar's attacker used a homemade weapon to stab him in prison after he made a lewd remark about 'girls' playing tennis, said prison union leader

Grace Eliza Goodwin,Sebastian Cahill   

Larry Nassar's attacker used a homemade weapon to stab him in prison after he made a lewd remark about 'girls' playing tennis, said prison union leader
  • Larry Nassar is currently serving a 175-year prison sentence for his abuse of gymnasts.
  • He was stabbed multiple times by another inmate after commenting on women's tennis.

Larry Nassar — a former Team USA doctor serving a 175-year prison sentence for his abuse of hundreds of female gymnasts — was $4 using a homemade weapon after he made lewd comments about "girls" playing tennis.

In an interview with Insider, Joe Rojas, president of the union that serves employees of Nassar's prison, the US Penitentiary Coleman II in Sumterville, Florida, said Nassar's unit was watching women's matches from the Wimbledon Championships when Nassar said, "I wish there were girls playing."

Sometime later, Rojas said, another inmate from the unit, Shane McMillan, attacked Nassar in his cell using a homemade weapon. A spokesperson from the Federal Bureau of Prisons later confirmed to Insider the time of the attack was at approximately 2:35 p.m.

According to $4, Nassar was stabbed in the neck, back, and chest during the attack, and suffered a collapsed lung.

Other inmates pulled McMillan off of Nassar during the attack, Rojas said, after which staff responded to give Nassar medical care. McMillan specifically cited Nassar's comments as a reason for the attack in speaking with a staff member, Rojas added.

Rojas said inmates in the unit tend to be "polite" and "quiet" due to fear of retaliation from other inmates, which is why the attack "shocked" him.

When asked if security measures were increased after Nassar's attack, Rojas said they were not, due to staffing shortages.

Rojas continued, saying the incident occurred two weeks after the facility had an informational picket warning about the danger of understaffing in prisons, which can cause issues with stopping attacks on inmates. There are 1,100 positions at the prison, Rojas said. Before the attack on Nassar, the facility had 145 vacancies — now, he said, there are 214 vacancies complex-wide. According to the BOP spokesperson, there are 1,214 male inmates at the high-security prison.

Rojas warned these difficulties could cause prison officers to lose control of the facilities.

"There's gonna be another disturbance," Rojas said. "The inmates know we're short-staffed. Inmates know we don't have the bodies to maintain security levels."

Nassar is currently in stable condition, according to$4.

A spokesperson from the Federal Bureau of Prisons said to Insider they could not discuss conditions of confinement for inmates, which included medical status, and said an internal investigation is ongoing in the facility.

July 13, 2023: The article has been updated with a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.



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