Watch: Sherri Papini lying to police in new released video
There is new video evidence in the case of Sherri Papini, a woman from California who was recently convicted of staging her own kidnapping.
Papini is seen balled up with a bandage on her nose, clutching her knees to her bosom, in a video interview with police, when she lies about being kidnapped and held captive by her captors.
The footage was shot in 2016 at Papini’s Redding residence, but it was only recently made public.
Papini begged the police if she could close her eyes as she described being held captive and abused for three weeks. We now know that Papini’s story was entirely made up.
Papini really damaged her own nose and smashed her own fingers to add credibility to her fabrications. DNA evidence allegedly suggests Papini was hiding out at a house in Costa Mesa, California, with her ex-boyfriend James Reyes, according to the police.
The current episode of “20/20.” features video of Papini’s interview with law enforcement. “Because it is so unfathomable that someone who seems to have everything would do this,” says ABC’s top national correspondent Matt Gutman, explaining why the case fascinates the public.
In the end, we believe attention was the motive here,” Gutman added.
Papini has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in the kidnapping hoax, which she plans to begin serving on November 8.
Today, ABC will run a two-hour “20/20” documentary about Sherri Papini.