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‘She Would Encourage Him To Rape Me,’ Elizabeth Smart Says Of Soon-To-Be Free Kidnapper
Elizabeth Smart also said that Wanda Barzee laughed after she and her husband forced then-14-year-old Smart to drink alcohol.
Elizabeth Smart has revealed that while being held hostage by a couple at age 14, her female captor encouraged her husband to sexually assault her.
In an interview Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Smart says she believes Wanda Barzee remains a danger. Barzee is expected to be freed Wednesday after 15 years in custody because Utah authorities had miscalculated the amount of time the 72-year-old woman should serve.
During that interview, Smart revealed disturbing details of her nine-month ordeal. Barzee was married to Brian David Mitchell when he kidnapped Smart in 2002.
“She would encourage him to rape me. She would sit right next to me. Like, the side of her body would be touching me,” Smart said on “CBS This Morning.”
She said that the couple also forced her to drink alcohol.
“I’d never touched alcohol in my life — that I ended up throwing up and then passing out in it. And both of them just let me lie there all night. And when I woke up the next morning, I mean, my face and my hair were completely crusted to the ground. And they both laughed. She laughed. She laughed just as much as he did, if not more,” Smart said of Barzee.
Smart said that she doesn't know all the conditions of Barzee's release but that she's been told that a federal agent will keep a "close eye" on Barzee and that she would be returned to prison "as soon as she messes up."
Smart said last week that she believes Barzee was manipulated by her husband at times. "But she, in her own right, abused me as much as he did."
Mitchell is serving a life sentence for the kidnapping of Smart.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photos: Getty Images, Salt Lake City County]