The inmate who stabbed Larry Nassar did so because the disgraced former gym coach made lewd comments while watching the Wimbledon Championships, according to The Associated Press.
Nassar reportedly made a comment about «wanting to see the girls» playing in the women’s matches, prompting the attack.
Nassar was stabbed twice in the neck, twice in the back and six times in the chest, according to Joe Rojas, a former employee of the Coleman United States Penitentiary, where Nassar is incarcerated.
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The shooter was identified as Shane McMillan, 49, who was previously convicted of assaulting a correctional officer at a federal penitentiary in Louisiana in 2006 and attempting to stab another inmate to death at the Supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado, in 2011. , according to AP.
Four other inmates reportedly rushed in and removed McMillan from Nassar.
Federal officials confirmed to Fox News Digital that a stabbing occurred around 2:35 p.m. ET Sunday and staff members initiated life-saving measures. One inmate was taken to a hospital for further treatment. Authorities did not identify the victim or the assailant.
Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic medalists. He admitted to sexually assaulting athletes when he worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. He also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
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More than 150 victims spoke or provided statements during their seven-day hearing, including simone bile. The women sought more than $1 billion from the federal government for the FBI’s failure to apprehend Nassar when agents learned of the allegations against him in 2015.
Several athletes said they had told coaches, coaches and other adults about Nassar’s more than two decades of sexual abuse, but it went unreported.
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Nassar is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars, while McMillan is scheduled to be released in May 2046.
Ryan Gaydos of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.