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Diane Sawyer is set to revisit kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard in a special 20/20 set to air Friday July 8 on the ABC News program. The new interview coincides with the publication of Dugard’s second book, Freedom: My Book of Firsts (Simon and Schuster).
It marks five years since Sawyer first sat down with Dugard for an interview that captivated viewers. Fifteen million watched in 2011 as Dugard recounted 18 years in captivity, during which time she bore two daughters by her captor, Phillip Garrido, a convicted sex-offender whose crimes against Dugard resulted in a 431-year prison sentence.
When she was rescued, Dugard’s daughters were 11 and 15. She was kidnapped by Garrido in 1991 from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood as she walked from her home to the school bus stop. She was in fifth grade at the time. Since her rescue in 2009, she has lived an anonymous life, her whereabouts unknown to the public. In 2011, the state of California awarded Dugard $20 million.
Her ordeal closely resembled that of the heroine in Room, the 2015 film for which Brie Larson won an Oscar. In the new interview, Dugard will discuss adjusting to a new life and reintegrating into society. It is Dugard’s first television interview since Sawyer’s first sit-down with her in 2011.
June 30, 9:30 am Updated to correct air date for the special.
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