February 22, 2016
From the age of 10 until she was 25, Amanda claims she was molested more than 795 times by her father, Earl Nix.
“I was very confused. I accepted it because I was 10,” Amanda says on Tuesday’s Dr. Phil of the alleged early abuse. “As I got older, the abuse continued. I knew that as soon as my mom would walk out the door, my dad would have sex with me. It was very terrifying.”
Despite a jury convicting Earl of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree sexual conduct, Amanda’s family says they believe Earl is innocent and they have called Amanda a pathological liar.
“I am convinced that Amanda did this solely for attention,” her mother, DeeDee, says of her daughter. “Amanda has always wanted to write a book. This is a Lifetime movie and Amanda wrote the script.”
At age 11, Amanda says she tried to tell her mother what was going on, but Earl claimed it was just cuddling on the couch. At 18, she says she tried to tell her family about the abuse again – but then recanted.
“CPS and the police got involved and they began interviewing my family. But Earl had me very well wrapped around his finger. Earl told me we had a special bond … and if I told anyone about it, I’d be ripped from my family. I decided to protect my family’s happiness and sacrifice my own,” Amanda explains.