The dad who tried to attack Larry Nassar in court last week said he's giving away the $31,000 people have raised for his defense to charity. An online fundraiser was started to help Randall Margraves — whose three daughters were some of the many, many gymnasts abused by the child molester — with any possible legal expenses after he rushed at the disgraced physician during his sentencing for sexual abuse.
The fundraiser brought in more than $30,000 in six days, according to the GoFundMe page. But Randall said in a statement to CNN on Thursday, Feb. 8 that he did not need the money and will instead donate the funds to "local charities like Small Talk, RAVE, and the Firecracker Foundation." He added, "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. 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."
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Since then, some of these organizations have spoken out to thank Randall. "I just wanted to share our appreciation especially in the face of so much tragedy," said Tashmica Torok, founder and executive director of the Firecracker Foundation. "[The donation] allows us to continue to do the great work that we do here and provide essential services to children who are survivors of very unfortunate circumstances," said Alex Brace, executive director of Small Talk Children's Assessment Center.
In a video obtained by The Detroit News, and later published by TMZ, Randall can be seen charging at Larry, who was recently sentenced to up to 175 years behind bars after more than 260 women came forward detailing their abuse at the hands of Larry. Before he was seen charging at the sex offender, he reportedly asked the judge to "grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon." When Judge Janice Cunningham said he couldn't, he later launched at Larry, who was at the defense table. He was heard shouting, "Let me at him — the son of a b---h. I want that son of a b---h… Give me one minute with that bastard."
If you need support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online one-on-one with a support specialist at any time.