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Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight says she forgives Ariel Castro for his crimes

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FILE - In this May 7, 2013 file photo, members of the FBI evidence response team carry out the front screen door from the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro, where three women escaped after 10 years of captivity. Amanda Berry broke through the screen door to freedom last May. Upstairs, officers found Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. They had been snatched off the streets separately between 2002 and 2004 and locked inside Castro‚Äôs house where he chained and raped them, investigators later said. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) (The Associated Press)

One of the three women help captive for nearly a decade in a Cleveland house before escaping last year says she forgives the man who kidnapped and tortured her all those years.

Michelle Knight, interviewed Monday on NBC's "Today" show, says Ariel Castro deserves forgiveness because she'd want to be forgiven if she did wrong, and in her words, "that's the way of life."

Tuesday is the anniversary of the escape from the house by Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.

Knight — who has a book coming out Tuesday — says she's a singer who just recorded a song, and she's also training to be a boxer.

The 53-year-old Castro pleaded guilty in August and committed suicide in prison.

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