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this is "nightline." >> tonight, the alleged michigan school shooter's parents charged and failing to turn themselves in. the u.s. marshals offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of james and jennifer crumbly. plus elizabeth holmes' shocking testimony. the one-time wunderkind facing 11 fraud counts taking the stand in her own defense. >> this was her time to tell her side of the story. >> alleging abuse at the hands of her former partner and a sexual assault in college. "west side story." ♪ steven spielberg's modern take on the tragic love story, the young and diverse cast led by a newcomer in a starring role and
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♪ good evening. thank you for joining us. oxford, michigan, remains in
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shock days after the school shooting that claimed the lives of four teenagers. the 15-year-old alleged gunman facing charges as an adult. and now in an unusual move, the prosecutor is going after his parents who police say failed to turn themselves in today. u.s. marshals are now offering a $10,000 reward. abc's trevor ault is in michigan. trevor? >> reporter: byron, unprecedented move from the prosecutor here now charging the parents of the alleged oxford high school shooter. james and jennifer crumbley charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter. as the prosecutor announced those charges she revealed chilling details, that it appears the parents bought this gun for their 15-year-old. >> i'm angry as a motor, i'm angry as the prosecutor. >> reporter: prosecutor karen mcdonald taking a rare if not unprecedented step, charging the parents of the 15-year-old accused in the oxford high school shooting rampage. >> you are the parents of ethan
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crumbley, is that correct? >> yes. >> that is right. >> reporter: the couple last seen at their son's arraignment wednesday. they were due to turn themselves in today. their attorney claiming they are not on the run, but their whereabouts still aren't clear. their son charged as an adult, pleaded not guilty to 24 counts, including first-degreermurder a lot of things that could have been so simple to prevent. >> reporter: today the prosecutor leveling shocking accusations, alleging on black friday, james crumbley brought his son with him to buy that sig sauer 9 millimeter. prosecutors referencing these now-deleted instagram posts, one friday from the alleged sooter's account captioned "just got my new beauty today." and this saturday on his mother's account captioned "mom and son day testing out his new christmas present." >> clearly based on the statements of the shooter, the statements of mom, that was his gun. >> reporter: the morning of the shooting, prosecutors say another teacher was alarmed by a picture drawn by the teen that
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included a gun, a bullet, and a person appearing shot and the words "the thoughts won't stop, help me, blood everywhere, my life is useless, the world is dead." james and jennifer crumbley were called to the school, told they were required to get their son counseling within 48 hours. the parents resisted taking him home. >> he was returned back to class with his backpack, where we have reason to believe the gun was stored in the backpack. >> reporter: prosecutors say crumbley used that gun to go on a murderous rampage that killed four students. >> our thanks to trevor. elizabeth holmes, the famed stanford dropout to found enormous success before an even greater fall from grace facing charges that could land her in jail for decades if convicted. the disgraced former ceo taking the stand in her own defense. here's abc's chief business correspondent, rebecca jarvis. >> now to the elizabeth holmes trial -- >> once dubbed the youngest woman self-made billionaire in
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the world -- >> former silicon valley favorite trying to defend herself -- >> reporter: a stunning moment in a criminal trial that's captivated silicon valley. since her fall from grace, theranos founder elizabeth holmes has remained silence until now, taking the witness stand in her own defense. >> elizabeth holmes surprised a packed courtroom. >> this was her time to tell her side of the story. >> i heard, "oh my god," people craning their necks to see, would she really take the stand? >> reporter: testifying for days, at times fighting back tears as the former tech wunderkind dropped bombshell after bombshell, alleging she's been raped, abused, and controlled. 37-year-old holmes is on trial for 11 fraud charges. she's pleaded not guilty. with those black turtlenecks, blue eyes, and smoky voice -- >> we will change our lives and our world. >> here it is, here's the next steve jobs. >> reporter: elizabeth holmes was a tech supernova who said she had a revolutionary
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invention. >> making it possible to do any lab test from a tiny drop of blood from the finger. >> reporter: the youngest female self-made billionaire, ceo of her own company. >> magazine cover after news article, blog post, video, speech. >> the golden girl of silicon valley. >> part of the new "time 100" list just out. >> reporter: only problem -- the device didn't work. and that company, once valued at $9 billion, now defunct. >> what is the jury going to learn about you this week? >> reporter: holmes is facing decades in prison, accused of defrauding investors, patients, doctors with the company and its ability to run tests with a few drops of blood. some patients allegedly received false diagnoses. some investors losing millions. her attorneys painting a different picture of a young woman who set out to change the
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world, may have made mistakes, but didn't commit a crime. >> the defense position is elizabeth holms had really high aspirations for herself and this company, theranos. but that she fell short and that that's not a crime. she really had no ill intent. >> reporter: the defense stunned the courtroom in late november, calling holmes as their first witness. >> it is always a risk. criminal defense 101 would tell you never to put your client on the stand. >> she walked up to the stand, took off her mask, smiled. that set the tone for the rest of her testimony. >> she is an incredibly likeable person, and i think she did that on the stand. >> she got to tell the jury about her brain child, the origin of her company. the moment holmes' testimony seemed so turn when is she told the jury about a rape allegation. >> reporter: an emotional holmes telling the courtroom she was raped at stanford, so distraught he dropped out saying she w going to build a life by building this company. >> her voice cracked. it seemed as if -- she looked
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like she was going to cry. in that moment, the court was silent. it was a very heavy feeling in the courtroom. >> reporter: then there were the accusations about her relationship with former theranos c.o.o. sunny be nny be atmosphere more than 20 years her junior. the two were romantically involved and lived together for ten years, three of them in this house purchased for $9 million. their first meeting something they described in depositions to the s.e.c. >> i met miss holmes in 2002. >> we were in the same stanford program. >> reporter: on the witness stand, holmes described how she says belwani questioned her acumen saying, he said i didn't know what i was doing, that i needed to kill the person that i was to become a successful entrepreneur. she claims he scheduled much of her life, controlling what she ate and how long she slept.
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a routine submitted into evidence showed a day that began at 4:00 a.m., a prayer session, healthy lunches, and dinner with broccoli and quinoa. >> frankly, some of the testimony that she gave was really, really shocking. i thought it was helped by exhibits of contemporaneous notes she had taken on her iphone, some things written down in notebooks. >> reporter: more than just control, holmes claimed there was abuse. she told jurors that balwani would get very angry with me and force me to have sex with him when i didn't want to, because he would say he wanted me to know he still loved me. >> they are putting on this battered women's syndrome.e - the idea is that simultaneously while she is presenting to the world this confidence this ambition this ability to run this multimillion-dollar company, that simultaneously, she has a psychological hold on her as a result of this abusive
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relationship that she's in with sunny balwani that actually negates her ability to perceive the wrongfulness of her conduct. >> reporter: his lawyer, jeffrey coopersmith, has maintains holmes' allegations are deeply offensive to mr. balwani, devastating personally to him. he denies all allegations of abuse. i sat down with coopersmith in 2019. he indicated no evidence of such a deeply fractured relationship. >> does he feel in any way that he was duped by elizabeth holmes? >> no. mr. balwani believed in elizabeth holmes and her vision for the company. he tried to execute that plan with her, to make it a success. >> the defense took a huge risk in mounting this defense, because it really could backfire on them. jurors may see it as a sort of cheap shot at getting the sympathy card and that she is now playing the victim. >> reporter: with holmes on the stand, prosecutors once again took aim at the false claims made about the company's devices, that it could run
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hundreds of tests on just a few drops of blood. in actuality, they can never run more than 12. prosecutor robert leech playing a clip from "mad money with jim cramer." >> how many tests can your device do? "the wall street journal" says it can only do 15 out of 240. >> yeah, so we had communicated to "the wall street journal" that we have submitted over 130 presubmissions to fda with tests running on our proprietary devices and have been taking those through the fda submission process. >> reporter: leech pressing, "and i didn't hear the number 12 in that clip did you hear it?" "i did not," holmes responded. the jury will receive the case in the coming weeks. >> it only takes one juror to have some reasonable doubt to have a holdout. there is a possibility here of a a hung jury is always a win for the defense. >> this has been a really hard jury to read. they don't yawn. they don't laugh.
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♪ director steven spielberg is bringing together a young and inclusive cast in a new, more modern version of "west side story." it's already getting oscar buzz. here's abc's chris connelly. ♪ ♪
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>> after 60-something years, the time has come again. because this should be shared generationally. >> reporter: it's long been the musical that's made spirits soar and hearts break. showing young love defining gang wars of 1950s manhattan, as well as the anguish brought on by hatred and bigotry. the collaboration of an era's finest minds reimagined by hollywood's foremost filmmaker, steven spielberg, "west side story" the first musical he's ever directed. >> the score has been in my life since i was 10. my parents bought the album. the original broadway cast album. and i wore it out. and memorized every song. it was my favorite musical my entire life. i've done a number of productions of "west side story" at home with my video camera, my kids lip synching, singing to the music. >> reporter: now leading a
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dazzling and diverse young cast as they dance and sing leonard bernstein's melodies and the lyrics of a 25-year-old stevphe sondheim who in his last tv interview for abc news recalled how this groundbreaking musical changed his life. >> it was my first, it was my virgin experience, you know? i was 25 years old. it had its own character. that's what i was proud of. i still am. >> reporter: with a new script from "angels in america" writer tony kushner. >> everything had to be as real as real life. >> reporter: including battles of rival gangs, the jets, ethnic whites, and the sharks, puerto rico, along with the star-crossed duo whose love at first sight crosses those lines. ♪ tonight tonight it will all be gone tonight ♪ >> it's relevant in the saddest ways in the sense of the division in this country. >> reporter: in her first movie role ever, rachel ziegler as maria.
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one of 35,000 performances who responded to a social media casting call. >> my friend mckenna from california sent it to me because i had played the role on stage. sent it to me with the caption, "thank me when you're famous." >> she was the second person i saw. out of 30 people the first day. and i went over to my wife, kate, and i said, "she's only 17, but look at her." and kate said, "that's maria." >> reporter: starring alongside her, ensell elgore as tony. ♪ today a day i had the feeling ♪ >> my first love from the time that i was 4 years old was musical theater. i saw "oklahoma" on broadway. and i was like, that's what i want to do. >> reporter: 60 years ago, rita moreno won an academy award for her performance as the charismatic anita. >> one of the things that absolutely attracted me was playing someone who actually had an opinion. >> reporter: now at age 89, winner of an emmy, tony, and grammy to go with her oscar --
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>> i want to be with you forever. >> reporter: she's in this "west side story" in a new role. >> she walked on the rehearsal stage for the first time, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. she walked on, people started crying even before she started speaking. >> i'm doing this because i actually did it for the very first movie. take two. >> reporter: bringing to the set hard-won wisdom from a career spent battling hollywood's colorism issues. >> i was offered nothing but island girls. mostly island girls. or american indian girls. i didn't feel strong enough, and i wasn't, actually, to say, "i don't want to do this, this isn't who i am." when i finally got to play a really genuine latina, anita, i thought, this is my role model. a little late in the day. i was almost 30. >> girls here are free to have fun. she is in america now. >> puerto rico is in america now.
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>> i was sitting in my grandmother's living room. ♪ and i saw the woman in the purple dress. oh, god. whoever that woman was? fiery and spicy. i knew i wanted to do that. >> didn't you hear me? >> reporter: now it's ariana dubose playing the role of anita, the role made famous by anita moreno. the two sitting down to share their stories. >> first time i met you, i was incredibly awkward. >> you weren't awkward, you were nervous is what you were. >> beyond. i'm still nervous a little bit, i'm sweating. >> oh, come on. >> it's fine. i am puerto rican. also biracial. i grew up in a predominantly white community. so for a large part of my life, i shed so many things in order to fit in. and then in my adulthood, i realized i had shed some of the most special and unique parts about me. and that's who i think anita is. >> reporter: in the past,
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caucasian actors were often cast as puerto rican, like natalie wood in the original. this time, filmmakers ensured that all such roles went to latinx performers. >> i loved the idea that you were afro latina. i mean, there's a lot of us around who have your kind of coloring and your background. and i thought, man, they are so on the right track. >> reporter: rita moreno a pioneer who paved the way, opening doors for so many performers. >> i would be remiss if i didn't take a moment to just tell you, thank you. i wouldn't be here without you. i can't imagine all the things you weren't through are you because of all those things you weren't through, i have opportunity. you're a hero. >> ariana, you're a remarkable young woman. i am so grateful to the gods up there, the planets aligning, that all of this happened. i'm in "west side story." again. >> again! >> reporter: before his passing in late november at the age of
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91, stephen sondheim had visited the set of steven spielberg's "west side story" and just knew. >> steel berg knew what the style was going to be. he was really going to dig into the characters. i had a feeling the movie was going to be terrific. that feeling pervaded the set for me, and i couldn't explain it. i just thought, this is going to be a really good movie, and i was right. ♪ >> our thanks to chris. be sure to tune in sunday night at 7:00 for the 2020 special event, "something's coming: west side story." side story." we'll be right back. ♪ ♪why do you build me up (build me up)♪ butter... cup... baby... up would be the operative word there pal. oh, yeah, yeah. sorry, have a good day! if you ride, you get it. - come on in! oh wow, we're really backed up.
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