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Knox Accuses Media of Having Built False Story Around Her

Jun 15, 2019, 8:39 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:05 pm

MODENA, ITALY - JUNE 15: American journalist Amanda Knox delivers a speech during a panel session entitled 'Trial by Media' during the first edition of the Criminal Justice Festival, an event organised by The Italy Innocence Project and the local association of barristers, on June 15, 2019 in Modena, Italy. The Italy Innocence Project focuses on the issues relating to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in Italy. Guest speaker Amanda Knox makes her first visit back to Italy since she was wrongly convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher. Knox spent four years in prison following her conviction for the murder of her flatmate in 2007 and was definitively acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

(Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted.

The former exchange student from the United States who became the focus of a sensational murder case returned to Italy this week for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Knox, speaking in Italian on a panel discussion at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena titled “Trial by media,” said she was depicted “on the global scene as cunning, psychopath, drug-addicted, whore. Guilty.”

Speaking through tears, she said the media that labelled her “Foxy Knoxy” invented a “false and baseless story, which fueled people’s fantasies and talked to their fears.”

Knox’s 2011 acquittal was part of a long legal process that saw multiple flip-flop rulings before she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court.

Knox said she came back to Italy despite the fact that she was afraid of being “molested, derided, framed, that new accusations will be directed against me for telling my truth.”

She also criticized Italian prosecutors, who described a scenario made up of “orgies and sex toys” during her first trial, even though that version of the story was toned down in the appeal.

Knox acknowledged that despite her final acquittal “I remain a controversial figure in the public opinion, especially here in Italy.”

She had been accused with her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Ivorian-born Rudy Guede of killing Kercher on Nov. 1, 2007, in the university town of Perugia. After multiple rulings, Italy’s highest court definitively acquitted Knox and Sollecito in 2015. Guede is still serving a 16-year sentence.

During her speech, which was followed by a standing ovation, Knox recalled Perugia prosecutor Giuliano Mignini as the one who accused her in his search for justice.

“One day I’d like to meet the real Mignini, and I hope that when he comes, he will also see that I am not a monster, I simply am Amanda,” Knox said.

On Friday, the lawyer for Kercher’s family described Knox’s invitation to speak at the Criminal Justice Festival as “inappropriate.”

“Inviting her to a technical panel on justice was a mistake,” Francesco Maresca told The Associated Press, adding that “lawyers for both parts should have been involved.”

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Knox Accuses Media of Having Built False Story Around Her