Disgraced former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing female gymnasts, was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with another inmate at a federal prison in Florida. The 59-year-old Nassar was stabbed twice in the neck, twice in the back and six times in the chest, and also suffered a collapsed lung in the Sunday attack, said Joe Rojas, president of Local 506, which represents employees at the Federal Correctional Complex Coleman in Central Florida. Nassar was listed in stable condition.
The federal Bureau of Prisons said an inmate was assaulted at Coleman at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, but declined to identify the prisoners involved. Officials said staff provided life-saving measures and the inmate was taken to a local hospital for treatment: “No staff or other inmates were injured and at no time was the public in danger. An internal investigation is ongoing,”adding that the FBI was also notified.
Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, traveling the world with elites of the sport. He was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic medalists. He is serving time behind bars for convictions in both state and federal courts. He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting gymnasts and other athletes with his hands under the guise of medical treatment for hip and leg injuries. At his trial, more than 150 accusers spoke out or submitted statements detailing his abuse. The sports doctor also separately pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
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