Brian Nichols hostage talks about addiction, trauma - CBS46 News

Brian Nichols hostage talks about addiction, trauma

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The woman who was held hostage in her apartment by a man who murdered four people in an Atlanta courthouse spoke out today at an empowerment brunch.

Ashley Smith Robinson was held hostage by Brian Nichols in 2005. Nichols eventually let her go to see her young daughter.

The brunch was held at Northside United Methodist Church in northwest Atlanta to help benefit Breakthru House, Inc., a residential treatment program for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.

Robinson said her history of drug addiction and grief paved the way for conversations that lead to Nichols to peacefully surrender.

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