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Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor accused of sexual abuse against female gymnasts, was reportedly stabbed at least 10 times in a federal prison in Florida on Sunday, where he is currently serving his sentence,

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Nassar was stabbed six times in the chest, twice in the back, and twice in the neck, said José Rojas, the head of AFG Local 506, a group that aids prisoners.

According to the Associated Press, which gathered information from informants, the attack happened at the United States Penitentiary Coleman in Florida. Officials talked to the AP under the condition of anonymity and declined to provide any information about the ongoing inquiry into the incident or disclose the identity of the third party responsible for the assault.

The Bureau of Prisons denied the stabbing’s confirmation in a statement it gave to CBS News, claiming privacy and security concerns. However, the bureau confirmed that an assault occurred on Sunday afternoon at the United States Penitentiary Coleman II in Sumterville, Florida. Responding staff immediately initiated life-saving measures.The EMS swiftly transported the incarcerated individual to a neighboring medical facility to receive supplementary attention and evaluation.

No employees or other convicts were hurt, according to the bureau, and there was never any risk to the public.

As per a banner displayed on the prison’s website on Monday morning, “All individuals scheduled to utilize this facility are suspended until further notice.”

Rojas also expressed concerns about the serious staff shortages in the facility, giving a warning issued by the union on June 22. He informed local officials, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, that there are 145 vacant positions within the jail complex, encompassing five institutions. Rojas mentioned that on the night of the attack on Nassar, 44 positions were vacant across all three shifts in that particular prison.

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Larry Nassar had previously been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual abuse, including victimizing Olympic medal-winning gymnasts. Both state and federal courts found him Larry Nassar guilty, and he is currently incarcerated serving his sentence. He admitted to sexually abusing athletes while working at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, where he trained Olympians. Nassar acknowledged having child porn in his possession as well.

During victim impact statements in 2018, several athletes testified that Nassar had sexually abused them over a period of more than a decade, with some alleging that they had reported the abuse to coaches and athletic trainers, among adults, but it was not properly addressed or reported.

Over 100 women, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, collectively demanded over $1 billion from the federal government for the failure of the FBI to stop Nassar when agents became aware of allegations against him in 2015. He was taken into custody by Michigan State University Police more than a year later, in 2016. A $500 million settlement for over 300 victims was struck by the state of Michigan, which for years had been accused of missing opportunities to stop Nassar, and a $380 million agreement was reached between USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

In June 2022, the Michigan Supreme Court dismissed Nassar’s final appeal. His attorneys claimed that due to a judge’s retaliatory comment that referred to him as a “monster” who would be abused in jail like a “dry run” of the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz,” he had been mistreated in 2018 and merited a new hearing.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, from Ingham County, spoke about Nassar’s 40-year sentence, saying, “I just signed your death warrant.”

The state Supreme Court described Nassar’s appeal as a “close question” and expressed “concern” over the judge’s conduct but ultimately upheld the agreed-upon sentence reached by attorneys in the case, despite Aquilina’s provocative comments.

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In an order of just two pages, the court stated, “We decline to expend additional judicial resources and inflict further injury on the victims in a matter that presents nothing more than an academic exercise.”

More than four years after Rachel Denhollander publicly accused Nassar, becoming the first woman to do so, she stated, “‘It’s over… Six years after I filed my police report, it is finally over.”

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