On “Dr. Phil,” Knight will also discuss how she was able to survive the 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,” the celebrity psychologist said.
“When you listen to her describe the horrible living conditions and how she was treated, you wonder how anyone lasted a day let alone more than a decade. In the 12 years of doing the ‘Dr. Phil’ show, no one has changed me like Michelle Knight and her story of survival.”
Knight, the only victim to appear at Castro’s sentencing, told him, “You took 11 years of my life away, but I’ve got my life back! I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning.”
McGraw said he found Knight “very bright, well-spoken and eager” to have her own voice after suffering years of abuse.
“People have perceived her, probably based on the information in the original missing person report, as being intellectually disabled. I found her to be anything but that.”