Dad who tried to attack Nassar doesn’t want donations
An organization working with children who have been sexually abused may benefit from the more than $30,000 that was raised after a father lunged at Larry Nassar during his sentencing hearing last week in Eaton County.
Randall Margraves appreciates the support of donors to a GoFundMe page that was set up after the incident but doesn't need the money, said his attorney, Mick Grewal.
Those who donated can get a refund by making a request though this link.
“At the time of the incident, I didn’t know that the great brotherhood had done this, and I was overcome with gratitude when I found out,” Margraves said in a statement. “I appreciate everyone stepping up to support me, but help is not needed for me. After giving people the chance to get a refund, the donations will go to organizations that help the sisterhood of survivors and other victims of abuse.”
During the last day of testimony at Nassar's sentencing Feb. 2, Margraves asked Judge Janice Cunningham to give him a few minutes alone with Nassar as part of her sentence of him since the former Michigan State University doctor sexually abused three of his daughters.
When Cunningham told him no, Margraves left the podium where he was speaking and tried to attack Nassar but police tackled Margraves before he reached the pedophile.
Margraves was held in a cell for a short time before Cunningham ruled that she wouldn’t fine or jail the father because she understood his anguish. At the same time, she said violence was not the proper way to seek justice.
Margraves apologized and later said during a press conference that he regrets what he did but but also said he hoped that Nassar ends up in one of the “hottest pits in hell.”
The crowdfunding page was shared by thousands of people on Facebook and garnered more than 900 donors who gave $10, $20 and upwards of $1,000, bringing donations to $31,311. It was shut down Sunday, Grewal said.
Most of the donors were local and national members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Grewal added. Margraves belongs to IBEW Local 665 in Lansing and was wearing a sweatshirt that reflected his membership at the time of the attack.