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'Shattered Trust' true story of Shari Karney

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"Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story" is a true story based on Attorney Shari Karney. The crime drama premiered September 1993 on NBC as a Monday night movie of the week. It is directed by Bill Corcoran and written by Susan Nanus. The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Shirley Douglas and Kate Nelligan.

"Shattered Trust" synopsis/plot

When a prosecuting attorney attacks a child molester on the witness stand in the courtroom, she seeks to find out why. While under hypnosis, the attorney learns that she was molested by her father when she was just a child.

The true story

The actual story is based on Shari Karney. The real events took place inside a California courtroom in 1983 while she was interrogating a child molester who had been accused of sexually molesting her client's daughter, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Witnesses noticed that Karney began to scream and later attacked the accused child molester.

Karney later discovered through her own repressed memories that she had been molested by her father and brother when she was a small child. The father and brother have always denied the accusations.

Shari Karney is still an incest survivor activist but no longer tries cases.

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