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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the tearful mother in front of the cameras. a former tv anchor with new allegations against kevin spacey, saying spacey sexually assaulted her son. she describes what her son told her. they have now gone to police. also, at this hour, the urgent manhunt under way right now. three escaped prisoners breaking free. one wanted for homicide. on the most wanted list. tense moments in texas late today. texas rangers who were at the scene of that mass shooting scrambling just moments ago to answer a call in a neighboring community of shots fired. our reporter now on the scene, just as the vice president arrives in sutherland springs. as millions prepare to fly for thanksgiving, the damning new findings tonight. the tsa, and what is slipping through security.
new video. the deadly plane crash that filled a former sports star. and america strong tonight. stand up for heroes. we take you behind the scenes, the wounded warrior you will not forget. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with that boston mother, coming before the cameras today, a former tv an corp with a new claim of sexual assault by actor kevin spacey. fighting back tears, talking about what he allegedly did to her 18-year-old son. heather unruh detail what her son says happened, and the alleged witness who told her son to run. abc's linsey davis leading us off. >> reporter: tearful moments today, as a former boston news anchor came before the cameras to talk about what her son says kevin spacey did to him. >> first, i just want to let you know that i am here not as a journalist today, but as a mom.
in july 2016, actor kevin spacey sexually assaulted my son. the victim, my son, was a star-struck, straight 18-year-old young man. >> reporter: heather unruh says her son told spacey he was of legal drinking age even though he was just 18. >> but whether he was over 21 or not, kevin spacey had no right to sexually assault him. there was no consent. kevin spacey bought him drink, after drink, after drink, and when my son was drunk, spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him. and i want to make it clear that this was a criminal act. >> reporter: unruh on what her son told her. >> spacey stuck his hand inside
my son's pants and grabbed his genitals. this was completely unexpected. and my son's efforts to shift his body to remove spacey's hand were only momentarily successful. the violation continued. my son panicked. he froze. >> reporter: she says spacey insisted that her son go with him to a party. then, the actor left to use the bathroom. >> a concerned woman quickly came to my very shaken son's side and asked if he was okay. she told him to run. and he did. he ran as fast as he could. all the way to his grandmother's house >> reporter: she says he woke up his sister and together they called their mom. >> nothing could have prepared my son for how that sexual assault would make him feel as a man. it harmed him and it cannot be undone.
>> reporter: she says her son filed a police report last week and handed over evidence. netflix had already severed ties with the "house of cards" actor after mounting harassment allegations. unruh praised actor anthony rapp, who said spacey made a sexual advance toward him when he was just 14 years old. >> to kevin spacey i want to say this -- shame on you for what you did to my son and shame on you for using your apology to anthony rapp to come out as a gay man. that was an appalling attempt to deflect attention away from what you really are -- a sexual predator. your actions are criminal. >> and linsey davis with us now. we heard heather unruh describe there a woman she says helped her son, telling him to run. that's the account offered by her son and they would like to try to find that woman? >> reporter: she says her family is grateful to this woman.
she said when she saw something she thought was wrong, she acted, and they would like to thank her in person. and this lady will likely be a witness, as well. want to add that we did reach out to kevin spacey for comment, with with regard to the latest allegations and we did not hear back. david? >> linsey, thank you. we turn next here to the urgent manhunt under way right now. three inmates escaping in tennessee. one of those inmates, a homicide suspect, now on tennessee's ten most wanted list. abc's steve osunsami on the hunt under way. >> reporter: tennessee authorities are searching the woods and roads tonight, carrying big rifles, searching for these three men who broke out of a county jail. and they're putting one of them on the list of the state's most wanted. >> we do not know if they have any weapons at this time, but they could have reached them, so we want to ask everyone please don't approach and call us. >> reporter: 28-year-old matt white and 32-year-old jeffrey strong were awaiting trial for theft and drug charges. but the youngest, 20-year-old dylan ferguson, is considered
the most dangerous, accused in an august 2016 murder. investigators tell us the three escaped by pulling a speaker from a wall, crawling through the small hole and into the ceiling of another room, where they used blankets to lower themselves. then, they ran out of the back of the jail. police believe they stole a pickup truck that looked like this one from one of the inmates uncles. the truck was found this morning abandoned, about eight miles from the macon county jail. >> and steve osunsami with us tonight. tennessee officials, steve, looking at video tape as they search for these escapees? >> reporter: yes, david. they're looking at surveillance video from cameras at the jail, because they're trying to figure out exactly when these inmates escaped. they're not quite sure. the word is out tonight to police across the region. david? >> steve, thank you. some tense moments in that texas town, the scene of the mass shooting late today, when authorities got yet another call of shots fired in a neighboring community. authorities responding, and our matt gutman made it to the scene, just as the vice president now arrives in
sutherland springs. and just as we also get the full list of victims tonight, their images now emerging. abc's matt gutman from texas again this evening. >> reporter: tonight, that scare in texas. reports of shots fired near the site of sunday's massacre. dozens of police units racing through red traffic lights, sirens blaring, lights flashing, to a nursing home just a mile and a half away from where vice president mike pence is set to pray over the tragedy. nerves still raw here, as we learn that the camera that regularly filmed the little chapel's sunday services was rolling last sunday, too. law enforcement officials describing a joyous service turning into a bloodbath. for seven minutes, the gunman methodically walked into every single pew to execute his victims, echoing what survivor rosa solis told us. told my sister, you could hear a pin drop in there. quiet. real quiet.
>> reporter: so, the only sound was the sound of bullets. >> yeah. officials say about 400 bullets. nine children also executed, including charlene uhl's 16-year-old daughter haley. >> they still haven't let me see my daughter. so to me it's not fully real yet, because i still haven't seen her. >> reporter: is it important for you to see her? >> part of me hopes that they're wrong and it's not her and maybe she's just in the hospital. but -- i want my daughter back. i want to see her walk through the door. >> reporter: tonight, as mourners place flowers at makeshift memorials, the names of all 26 victims released. they include the eight members of the holcombe family, including an unborn child. the holcombs called neighbor mary dyckman "nana." >> they were wonderful people. and you couldn't help but love them. >> so much heartbreak in that town. and matt gutman with us live, those reports late today were very concerning, shows how on
edge that town is, but you are getting the all-clear for anyone watching tonight? >> reporter: that's right. nothing happened here. it was a false alarm. somebody called 911, saying that there were shots fired in that nursing home behind me. and now the healing here is starting to begin. that congregation so decimated in that massacre. we understand that they will hold church services here on sunday. obviously missing the majority of their members. david? >> matt gutman with us again tonight. thank you, matt. next, president trump in china tonight. he's there to talk trade. and the north korean nuclear threat. he needs china's help. the president saying to north korea, do not underestimate us, and do not try us. but in a major address overnight, he also plugged one of his golf courses. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl traveling with the president. >> reporter: in china, a lavish red carpet welcome for president trump complete with honor guards.
on the motorcade route, excited school children waving american and chinese flags. with president xi and his wife as their guides, the first couple toured the forbidden city, looking almost like old friends. >> we have to be very careful that we don't fall or trip on these stairs. >> reporter: of course, donald trump hasn't always been so friendly toward china. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country. they're taking our business, they're taking our jobs. china's wonderful, but they're getting away with murder. >> reporter: beyond today's smiles, though, tough challenges, on trade, of course, and north korea. the president demanding that china cut off kim jong-un unless he gives up his nuclear program. earlier in seoul, no talk of fire and fury. no taunting of little rocket man. instead, a sober warning. >> the weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer. they are putting your regime in grave danger. >> reporter: and trump being trump, amid the talk of a nuclear nightmare, a plug for one of the president's favorite
golf courses. >> the women's u.s. open was held this year at trump national golf club in bedminster, new jersey. the top four were from korea. congratulations! >> reporter: and the president never misses a chance to plug the trump organization. but he's got some tough negotiations ahead tonight, david. of course, he's asking the chinese to completely cut off all business and trade ties with north korea. that is something they have never come close to doing. david? >> jonathan karl tonight from beijing. jon, thank you. president trump may be thousands of miles away, but he was watching two key races overnight. two races for governor. in both cases, the democrats won, and tonight, our new insight, new reporting here, into what drove voters to the polls. was this a referendum for some on the trump presidency? here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: less than 30 minutes after virginia voters delivered president trump a
resounding rebuke, the president took to twitter, declaring the republican's defeat had nothing to do with him. instead, he blamed the candidate, ed gillespie, twee. t a complete 180. trump had urged supporters to back gillespie. >> with your help, ed gillis bee will help make america great again. >> reporter: one-third of virginia voters say they cast their ballot to protest the president. >> virginia has told us to end the divisiveness that we will not condone. hatred and bigotry. >> reporter: the republican gillespie closed out the campaign, hitting classic trump themes, on everything from immigration to confederate statues, but the biggest issue for voters? health care. democrats also won the governor's race in new jersey. the winner, phil murphy,
literally jumping for joy. and one year after losing to trump, hillary clinton responded to the democrat wins with one word. "yes." >> mary bruce with us live tonight from capitol hill. and mary, democrats are hopeful tonight that any momentum they saw overnight will last through the midterms? >> reporter: david, after last night, democrats are now dreaming of a wave in the midterms. nancy pelosi today said the door is certainly open. but the president, well, he seeps it differently. he insists republicans lost because they did not embrace him and what he stands for. david? >> still quite some time before the midterms. mary bruce, thank you. and one more note from washington tonight. republicans counting on tax reform to gain back momentum before the midterms, and tonight, a new analysis of the house republican tax plan. it finds their new plan is already over budget. the independent congressional bucket office finds it would add $1.7 trillion to the deficit in the next decade. that's $200 billion more than republicans have accounted for. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the damning new findings before
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