Cleveland kidnap survivor sits down with Dr. Phil
One of three women who escaped from a ramshackle Cleveland home after more than a decade in captivity is about to share her story.
Michelle Knight will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show Tuesday and Wednesday in a taped interview. It airs at 4 p.m. on 21 WFMJ-TV
The show says Knight “describes the horrible conditions in the house” and discusses her physical, mental and sexual abuse. That includes “being tied up like a fish” and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement, according to the show.
Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped May 6 when Berry pushed out a door and yelled for help.
Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He hanged himself Sept. 3, just weeks into his sentence.
On “Dr. Phil,” Knight also will discuss how she was able to survive her ordeal. She was 20 years old when she was kidnapped in August 2002.
“Three women were taken, three women were rescued, but only two went home,” said Phil McGraw, referring to Knight’s decision not to reunite with her family.
The Knight interview was announced earlier as three segments but was trimmed.
“Out of respect for Ms. Berry and Ms. DeJesus, she chose to speak about their shared experiences only from her own point of view,” McGraw told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer in comments published Saturday.
McGraw said he found Knight “very bright, well-spoken and eager” to have her own voice after suffering years of abuse.