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Ariel Castro Victim Gives Details Of Abuse To Dr. Phil

Michelle Knight, one of the three women who spent over a decade imprisoned in the Cleveland basement of kidnapper Ariel Castro, described her ordeal to Dr. Phil during a television interview set to air Tuesday and Wednesday.

Knight, 32, was the first of the three women kidnapped by Castro in 2002 and was later joined by Amanda Berry, now 27, in 2003 and Gina DeJesus, now 23, in 2004. The three women managed to escape this past May.

Castro also fathered a child, now 6, with Berry.

ABC News reports that during the interview with Dr. Phil, of which CBS gave excerpts on Monday, Knight described being tied up by Castro.

"One of those orange extension cords," Knight said. "I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall. That's the only way I can describe it."

Knight will be the first of the three victims to tell her story to the public. Last month, Berry and DeJesus signed a book deal, which Knight declined.

"Knight recalls the day-to-day details of her decade in captivity in a manner that can be described as passionate, moving and poignant," according to a news release from the Dr. Phil show. "She is the self-proclaimed most hated victim in the house, and according to Knight, suffered the most abuse at the hands of Castro."

Castro was found dead in his jail cell in September from suicide after pleading guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping, torture and aggravated murder in August. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years.

by RTT Staff Writer

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