A disgraced former doctor for the Olympic gymnastics team, Larry Nassar, was allegedly stabbed in prison after telling inmates he wanted to watch “girls” play at Wimbledon while watching the matches on television, the Associated Press reports.
Citing an anonymous source close to the situation, the outlet identified the inmate who reportedly stabbed Nassar as 49-year-old Shane McMillan.
Suspected Stabbing Inmate Says Attack Was Prompted By Doctor’s Lewd Comments
On Sunday, McMillan allegedly stabbed Nassar. He was stabbed twice in the neck, twice in the back, and six times in the chest, Joe Rojas, president of Local 506 — representing employees at the Federal Correctional Complex Coleman — confirmed to NBC News.
McMillan reportedly attacked Nassar after the former U.S. gymnastics team doctor commented on wanting to see “girls” playing in the Wimbledon women’s match, the inmate told prison officials.
The assault ended after four other inmates intervened and pulled McMillan off Nassar, according to the AP.
McMillan had previously been convicted of assaulting a correctional officer back in 2006. He was also accused of trying to fatally stab an inmate at a supermax prison in Colorado in 2011, the Pueblo Chieftain reported in 2015.
The federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed an inmate was assaulted at Coleman at 2:35 p.m. Sunday. Prison staff provided life-saving care before Nassar was rushed to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
The 59-year-old also suffered a collapsed lung. However, he is in stable condition as of Wednesday (Jul. 12), officials say.
Second Time Nassar Has Been Attacked In Prison, Jail Suffering Staff Shortage
The Associated Press reports that the prison where Nassar is housed has been experiencing a staffing shortage.
Both officers assigned to Nassar’s unit reportedly have been working mandated overtime shifts due to a lack of jail guards.
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In 2018, Nassar was attacked in prison after being placed in the general population, as reported by The Shade Room.
Earlier that same year, a judge sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison.
He’s accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts and Olympic gold medalists. Several of his victims include high-profile Olympians such as McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles.
Authorities accused Nassar of molesting at least 40 girls and women over 14 months.
He is currently serving time for convictions in both state and federal courts.