An Anderson woman who was found chained to the inside of a storage container “like a dog” will speak on television about her harrowing experience.
Kala Brown will appear on two episodes of the “Dr. Phil” show with Phil McGraw, according to the show’s website. The two-part episodes air Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.
The 30-year-old will speak publicly for the first since she was found chained to the inside of a storage container in rural Woodruff in Spartanburg County.
“No matter what he did to me, he did not break me,” Brown said to McGraw. “He cannot destroy me and I won.”
Realtor Todd Kohlhepp, who owns the property where Brown was found, is accused of forcibly kidnapping the woman for two months.
“Todd put me on the ground, hand-cuffed me and cuffed my ankles and put a ball gag in my mouth,” Brown said in one of the video clips promoting the show. “He left me bound, and he also put a chain around my neck.”
Kohlhepp is accused of killing Brown’s boyfriend, Charles David “Charlie” Carver, whose body was found buried on the 95-acre property.
Brown told McGraw that Kohlhepp, a Moore real estate agent, raped her “twice a day, everyday.” Kohlhepp has not be charged with any sex crimes at this point.
Brown said Kohlhepp agreed to pay her to clean his houses. She said in the interview she cleaned four or five houses before going to Kohlhepp's Woodruff property, where she ended up spending two months in a shipping container.
She told McGraw she brought her boyfriend, Carver, 32, with her on each cleaning job. She said when the couple went to the Woodruff property, Kohlhepp shot Carver in front of her.
Brown told McGraw she hadn't seen any red flags before that incident. Kohlhepp appeared cordial initially, Brown said in the interview.
“He was nice, polite, just a regular business man. He wasn't inappropriate or anything like that,” she said.
On the late August day Brown disappeared, Carver was with her when she went to Kohlhepp’s house. Brown said on “Dr. Phil” that she was thinking about taking someone else with her that day, but Kohlhepp had told her he would prefer she bring Carver because they would be working on Kohlhepp’s personal property.
Kohlhepp, driving separately, went with Brown and Carver to his 95-acre property in Spartanburg County, telling them he had to unlock the gate for them. She said when they got there, Kohlhepp locked the gate behind them, took them to a two-story garage on the property and told them they would be clearing some underbrush. Brown said while she and Carver waited outside, Kohlhepp told them he had to go back in the garage to get something. Brown said Kohlhepp came back with a gun, that she witnessed Carver’s killing and that Kohlhepp was “completely calm” afterward.
She said Kohlhepp then put her in a headlock.
“He grabbed me and told me to come inside or I’d join Charlie,” Brown said.
The bodies of married couple Meagan and Johnny Coxie were also found on the property.
Kohlhepp is also accused of killing four people at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee in 2003.