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Stop judging the California woman who walked away from her alleged captor after a decade, an angry and emotional Michelle Knight told CNN's "New Day" Friday.
"Unless you were walking in her shoes, you have no reason to talk, none at all," said Knight, one of three women freed from years of brutal captivity in a Cleveland home in 2013.
Knight was referring to the case of a California woman who approached police after contacting her sister on Facebook, saying she had been abducted by her mother's boyfriend at 15, then raped, beaten and forced to marry her captor.
In the days since the woman's story came to light, some neighbors in the Bell Gardens neighborhood where she lived with the man and their 3-year-old child have questioned the abduction story, saying she appeared to be happy and well cared for.
"She never showed a sad face or worried face," said a neighbor who identified herself only as Erika.
"She had plenty of time to actually escape so it's hard to believe this is really going on because she had a lot of free time."
Knight has just one answer to those doubting the woman's story: You couldn't possibly understand.
"Just because you're not chained up and you're not locked in the basement doesn't mean you ain't trapped," she told CNN's Kate Bolduan. "I know exactly what it feels like to be trapped in your own mind, your emotional mind, and told you can't do anything about it, nobody will care about what you say."
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Congressional investigator promises bigger revelations in VA health care scandal. Mark Cuban stirs up controversy in trying to explain prejudice. And this week's tally on food recalls grows to 2 million pounds.
It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. VA SCANDAL
Tip of the iceberg: The current allegations of delayed care and cooked books at Veterans Affairs health care facilities are going to look like "kindergarten stuff" compared to what's coming, according to the head of a congressional committee investigating the scandal. Yesterday, Rep. Jeff Miller said more serious developments are on the way as they look into allegations of alarming shortcomings that have had deadly consequences.
2. THAILAND COUP
Travel ban: The Thai military on Friday tightened its grip on the politically unstable Southeast Asian nation, banning more than 150 prominent figures from leaving the country and threatening to arrest leaders who disobey its orders. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was among those who reported to the military junta a day after it seized power in a coup after months of turmoil.
3. MARK CUBAN
Dealing with prejudice: Another NBA owner is getting used to the taste of his own foot. In trying to make a point about everyone's prejudices, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban created an uproar with the hoodie and the tattoo crowd, saying he would cross the street to avoid a black kid wearing a hoodie or a bald white guy with tattoos all over his face. Lots of folks weren't amused.
4. MISSILE DRILL FAIL
Nuclear site: Security forces struggled to respond to a "terrorist infiltration" during a scheduled test. Bottom line: They ended up failing miserably, according to an internal investigation. The report found that the Air Force team may not have been able "to prevent theft, damage, sabotage, destruction or detonation of a nuclear weapon."
5. FOOD RECALLS
Beef, sprouts and hummus: This has been a big week for food product recalls and the risk of food borne illness. Add it all up and it's more than 2 million pounds of ground beef, raw clover sprouts, hummus and walnuts.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Props to the cop: An Eau Claire, Wisconsin, police officer stops traffic for mama duck and her babies.
- Doggy gym: This is how Fido keeps fit.
- Global Selfie: For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people from around the world to step outside to take a selfie and share it with the world on social media. Yesterday, NASA released the results - a new view of our home planet created entirely from those photos.
- Cat trance: Fluffy seems to be digging the guitar solo.
- Snaky situation: At a Philippines zoo, you can be massaged by 20-foot Burmese pythons. Don't worry, the snakes are fed before working their muscular magic.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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