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Kidnapping survivor faces Upstate serial killer in courtroom

Kala Brown faces Todd Kohlhepp in court (July 11, 2018/FOX Carolina) Kala Brown faces Todd Kohlhepp in court (July 11, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Todd Kohlhepp (left); Kala Brown and Charlie Carver (right) [File] Todd Kohlhepp (left); Kala Brown and Charlie Carver (right) [File]
Todd Kohlhepp (right) in the courtroom (FOX Carolina/ July 11, 2018) Todd Kohlhepp (right) in the courtroom (FOX Carolina/ July 11, 2018)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate woman appeared in court Wednesday to face the man who chained her up in a storage container and admitted to murdering seven people.

Kala Brown filed a personal injury lawsuit against serial killer Todd Kohlhepp in November 2016, less than a month after investigators found her chained up on his rural property in Woodruff.

Brown was held captive in a storage container on the same land where investigators found the buried bodies of her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, and couple Johnny and Meagan Coxie.

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The personal injury lawsuit filed by Brown says Kohlhepp used a firearm to take her hostage while she was cleaning at his home. Brown said she was struck by Kohlhepp during more than two months of confinement.

"Due to [Kohlhepp's] harmful and offensive acts, including, but not limited to, actually striking Miss Brown's person and placing her in chains, Miss Brown suffered severe physical injuries and emotional distress," the lawsuit states.

She is seeking damages against him in the amount of $364 million for physical assault and battery, as well as severe emotional distress.

The family of Johnny Coxie is also seeking 26 million in damages against Kohlhepp.

At attorney representing Brown said the judge will determine how much money will be awarded to Brown after Kohlhepp failed to answer to the civil complaint against him.

Kohlhepp arrived shortly after 1 p.m. in a white transport van and was taken into the courthouse. Before the lawsuit hearing began, another judge held a brief hearing in the courtroom in reference to Kohlhepp's estate and assets.

Brown took the stand to testify regarding her medical bills after being kidnapped by Kohlhepp. Afterward, she addressed the media to express her thanks for the many people who have supported her.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the prayers and the work you put into looking for me," Brown said. "Anyone out there who ever said a prayer for me, thank you."

Kohlhepp represented himself in court. He took the stand during the hearing regarding damages sought by Coxie's family saying he didn't contest shooting Johnny but said it was because the victim was trying to rob him.

Officials have not confirmed Kohlhepp's account of what happened.

Kohlhepp is currently serving seven life sentences after pleading guilty to killing Carver, the Coxies, and four people slain in Superbike Motorsports. Beverly Guy, Chris Sherbert, Brian Lucas and Scott Ponder were all shot to death in the bike shop in 2003.

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