DENISE HUSKINS & AARON QUINN ON ABC NEWS 20 / 20
|Denise Huskins And Aaron Quinn|
ABC News Amy Robach sits down for the first interview with Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn, who describe the anguish they felt after authorities at the time dismissed Denise’s kidnapping as a hoax, causing the case to be known as the “Gone Girl” kidnapping after the fictional book and film. Denise recounts her nightmare, revealing new details about her harrowing hours in captivity and opens up about confronting her kidnapper, Matt Muller, in court. The couple discusses the damage the ordeal has had on their careers and personal lives and what the future holds now that the truth has been revealed. The interview comes just days after Denise and Aaron reached a tentative settlement of $2.5 million with the city of Vallejo in their civil lawsuit for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. “20/20” airs on Friday, March 23 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.
In the early hours of March 23, 2015 Aaron and Denise were the victims of a home invasion and were bound and drugged. While Aaron was left home with ransom instructions, Denise was tossed in a trunk, kidnapped and, while in captivity, says she was raped twice. While Denise was living a nightmare she thought she wouldn’t survive, Aaron says police didn’t believe his story and accused him of killing his girlfriend. But 48 hours later, Denise was shockingly set free miles away in her hometown of Huntington Beach, California. It was then the police publicly turned on the couple, calling the ordeal a hoax. It was only months later when another home invasion occurred that police tracked down disbarred attorney and Harvard Law graduate Matt Muller and linked him back to Denise’s kidnapping. Muller pleaded ‘no contest’ to robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and more and was sentenced to ten years. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Denise and was sentenced to forty years in prison. The Vallejo Police Department told ABC News it could not comment, as the settlement agreement with the couple has not yet been signed. The department admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.
“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.
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