(CNN) - A U.S. Marine held in a Mexican jail spoke about his treatment and the allegations against him in an interview Friday.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi had a phone interview on CNN's New Day. He was caught by authorities in Mexico on March 31 with guns inside his truck, but he said he crossed the border by accident.
Tahmooressi gave his account of events prior to arrest.
"I stayed in a hotel [in Mexico] earlier in the day," he said. "Earlier in the day, I parked my truck at a parking lot on the American side across from Mexico, and I walked into Mexico with a backpack with extra clothes and hygiene supplies, passport, wallet and I decided to go hang out in Mexico for some good Mexican food, inexpensive place to stay and to hang out."
Chris Cuomo asked about the reported abuse the Marine had gone through while imprisoned. Tahmooressi said it had stopped since the media started to cover the incident.
However, prior to that he tried to stab himself with a light bulb.
"I was paranoid," he said. "I had been abused. I was thinking they were going to come and abuse me more and torture me and get information about my family from me. So I said, 'I 'm not going to allow them to do that.'"
Tahmooressi called allegations that he had knowingly crossed the border with weapons "a whole bunch of lies."
"I would like everyone to know that I'm an innocent man and that it was just a big mistake and that I had no intention of bringing weapons into Mexico or committing any crime at all," he said. "Unfortunately, I wasn't treated right at the border and my rights were violated."
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