Several weeks after an Italian court overturned her acquittal on murder charges and ordered a new trial, Amanda Knox sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to speak about her experience in prison, her memoir, and how she hopes the truth about the case will come out. Often portrayed as a “devil,” Knox also tackled the harsh media coverage.
“For all intents and purposes, I was a murderer, whether I was or not,” Knox said. “And I had to live with the idea that would be my life. I would be one of those people who suffered an incredible, mind-boggling injustice.”
Knox discussed the shock she felt when she was convicted of murdering her then-roommate Meredith Kercher. Of her four years behind bars, she said she “had to grow up in prison for something I did not do.” Asked point-blank, Knox said she did not kill Kercher, nor was she there or involved in any way. The situation, she said, “could have happened to anyone.”
In her book, Knox wrote that she contemplated suicide, thinking that losing her appeal might have been a breaking point.
Sawyer also asked Knox about the way she was portrayed by the media, often as a “devil” or “temptress.”
“It’s one thing to be called certain things in the media, and then it’s another things to be sitting in a courtroom, fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil,” Knox responded. “I want the truth to come out. I want misunderstandings to be looked at. I would like to be re-considered as a person.”
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