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Former 'Buffy' star recounts 'Surviving Evil'

  • Actress Charisma Carpenter opens up about the terrifying time she was violently attacked by a former cop
  • She is the host of Investigation Discovery's 'Surviving Evil,' which premieres August 28

Just a few years before shooting to fame on shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," actress Charisma Carpenter was nearly killed by a rogue former cop.

Carpenter, who is hosting Investigation Discovery's "Surviving Evil," reveals to Showbiz Tonight her terrifying ordeal.

She was just 21 years old when she and her friends were attacked on a San Diego beach. Carpenter tells Showbiz Tonight, "A man came out with a gun and hose over his face...and we were all robbed and bound." Carpenter eventually helped get the man locked up, and she says she's got "a very healthy outlook" about the incident today. "Not only can you survive, you can thrive," she emphasized.

"Surviving Evil" presents stories of victims telling their personal stories of fighting back against their attackers. The series premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

Make sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight to hear more about Carpenter's horrific fight for her life tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT

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