Hannah Anderson, 16, claims a family friend handcuffed her, bound her feet with a zip tie and tried to force her to play Russian roulette with his pistol.
The Southern California teen described new details of the frightening encounter with James Lee DiMaggio in a Today show interview on Thursday.
Her sit-down comes as an author prepares to release a scathing new book that questions the teen's story in the case that captivated the U.S. this year.
According to Hannah Anderson, DiMaggio used zip ties to bind her feet and then told her that he was going to take her to Idaho to help him settle there.
At that point he would release her, the San Diego-area teen claims he stated. Hannah was ultimately saved by FBI agents and returned to California.