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TODAY   |  November 04, 2013

Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight opens up

In a new interview with Dr. Phil, Michelle Knight, one of the victims who escaped after being held captive in a Cleveland home for 10 years, describes details of her horrific experience.

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>> rescued from the house of horrors in cleveland. he opens up about her ordeal in an exclusive interview with dr. phil. some of the details you're going to hear are disturbing. here's kristen dahlgren.

>> reporter: when we last heard from kidnapping victim michelle knight she was in a cleveland courtroom facing ariel castro .

>> i spent 11 years in hell. yours is just beginning.

>> reporter: what happened was constant and brutal abuse that started moments after she was lured into castro 's home.

>> was there a moment when she realized i'm in trouble.

>> he gets her to go upstairs. the next thing she knows she's in a room and the door closed and he says i cannot let you leave. he hits her, hard, brutally, flush in the face.

>> reporter: in an exclusive interview with dr. phil mcgraw , knight describes becoming ariel castro 's prison.

>> he gets you in this room, what did he tie you up with?

>> one of those orange extension cords. i was tied up like a fish. an ornament on the wall. that's the only way i can describe it. i was hanging like this. my feet and i was tied by my neck and my arms with the extension cord going like that.

>> oh my god. so he hung you.

>> does he talk about how often she is abused during that time and is this a daily?

>> she does. there were times that she would be left alone for a few days. and when i say left alone , i mean no food, no water, no toilet --

>> and tied up.

>> she had been hanging for days. no circulation. she still has nerve damage in her hands and feet.

>> reporter: after she was taken down from the wall, things only got worse.

>> she can barely move. he takes her downstairs. this is a basement that is just nasty. i mean, it's filthy. it's cold. it's dark. and she is chained to a pole and then he puts a full motorcycle helmet on her and straps it down and closes it up.

>> does she hold on to hope? i'm alive, somebody has to find me here?

>> she did. she had one beacon ahead of her and that was her 2 1/2-year-old son. she said i'm fighting to stay alive for him.

>> reporter: a fight michelle knight would eventually win. for today, kristen dahlgren, nbc news los angeles .

>> people feel for those girls. if you want to share your thoughts and prayers and well wishes use the #orange room. we'll have more of dr. phil's exclusive interview tomorrow on today. the full conversation airs tomorrow. check your local listings.