Jaycee Dugard Diane Sawyer Interview Shows Strength in Face of Torture

In her very first television interview, Jaycee Dugard told Diane Sawyer she felt she needed to speak out about the nearly two decades she spent as a captive of sex offender Phillip Garrido. Over 15 million viewers tuned into the Primetime interview to see Jaycee Lee Dugard talk with Diane Sawyer about her life as a hostage to Garrido and his wife.

Jaycee Dugard, Source: ABC News

“I didn’t want there to be any more secrets,” Jaycee Dugard told Diane Sawyer of ABC News. “I hadn’t done anything wrong. It wasn’t something I did that caused this to happen. And I feel that by putting it all out there, it’s very freeing.”

At the height of the interview, nearly 15.7 million viewers had tuned in to the special Primetimetwo-hour special to hear Dugard’s story.

Jaycee Dugard said she had to face what had happened to her head on to deal with it. “Why not look at it?” Dugard told Diane Sawywer in the interview. “You know, stare it down until it can’t scare you any more.”

Dugard told Sawyer she was only 14-years-old when she gave birth to her first daughter, fathered by her rapist and abuser, Phillip Garrido. “It was very painful,” Dugard said through tears. “She came out and then I saw her. She was beautiful. I felt like I wasn’t alone any more. I had somebody who was mine.”

To survive the rape, torture and horrible conditions, Dugard said “there’s a switch that I had to shut off.” She told Diane Sawyer, “I mean, I can’t imagine being beaten to death, you know? And you can’t imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know? So, it’s just, you just do what you have to do to survive.”

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped by Nancy and Phillip Garrido in 1991 when she was only 11. Jaycee Dugard’s personal memoir about her life in captivity, A Stolen Life, will be released on Tuesday.

Time Inc Threatens Websites Over Jaycee Dugard Photo Cover

Yesterday we posted a brief piece on the new Jaycee Dugard People interview coming out in this week’s issue of the magazine. Along with the post, we included an image of the Jaycee Dugard People cover. This morning, we woke up to a nasty letter from someone claiming to represent Time Inc.  demanding we take down the People magazine cover image and send them $1500 in fees stat!


WTF? Discussing the latest gossip and scandal coming out in the tabloids is standard practice in the entertainment media industry. Posting accompanying cover images is fair use and People Magazine was properly credited as the source. After scouting around, we discovered we weren’t alone in receiving this BS DMCA takedown  notice – which just smells way fishy.

Inquisitr.com was one of the other sites to receive the nasty email and as they note, the People Magazine cover “is currently on just about EVERY MAJOR NEWS SITE on the planet.” We especially like the giant Yahoo! News lead article featuring the cover image. As an entertainment writer, I’ve actually had magazines like People and the National Enquirer prostrating themselves to get media coverage – offering cover images, press releases and more to tempt writers into posting an article or  blog post on their upcoming content. Why? Because OUR media coverage of their stories helps sell THEIR magazines.

So why the alleged attack from Time Inc over a standard media practice they themselves have exploited many times in the past? We can only guess – if it is real - the company is probably hoping some frightened blogger out there without legal representation might cough up the cash and earn them a quick buck or two.

Or maybe they are just hoping creating a scandal over the Jaycee Dugard cover will drum up even more publicity to sell copies of the People Magazine issue. Either way, if this is indeed coming from Time Inc. and isn’t some elaborate scam – it’s abusive and nasty – and we applaud Duncan Riley at Inquisitr.com for being the first to say as much loud and clear!

>> Previously: Kidnap Victim Jaycee Dugard People Magazine Photo Revealed

Kidnap Victim Jaycee Dugard People Magazine Photo Revealed

Jaycee Dugard, who spent 18 years in captivity, is finally speaking out about her ordeal in the pages of People Magazine. The mag, which hits newstands on Friday, also features the first adult photo of Jaycee Dugard released since she was found.

“I am so happy to be back with my family, nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support I have from them,” kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard tells People.

Jaycee Dugard was allegedly kidnapped at the age of 11 by sex offender Phillip Garrido. Dugard was held captive by Garrido for 18 years in the backyard of his home in California and gave birth to two children fathered by her kidnapper – Angel, 15 and Starlit, 11.

See the Jaycee Dugard People cover photo here

Family spokeswoman Erika Shulte told NBC television Jaycee Dugard decided to do the interview and released the photos to “share her joy with the world” at finally being returned to her home and family.

Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and raping Dugard.

Update: Now with more legal threats! Details here on Time Inc’s threats against Fair Use.