Amanda Knox says what happened to her was surreal

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This April 9, 2013 photo released by ABC shows Amanda Knox during the taping of an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in New York. AP

SEATTLE— The U.S. woman whose acquittal in the murder of a British student has been overturned in Italy says in an interview that what happened to her was “surreal but it could have happened to anyone.”

Amanda Knox told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday night that “I want the truth to come out. I’d like to be reconsidered as a person.”

In March, Italy’s highest criminal court overturned Knox’s acquittal in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial for Knox. Italian law cannot compel the 25-year-old to return for the new legal proceeding.

Knox told Sawyer the court’s decision was “incredibly painful” and she felt as if she had to crawl through another field of barbed wire after reaching what she thought was the end.

She said she was aware of being labeled a seductress, a she-devil and other names in the media, but she said, “They’re wrong.”

Italian prosecutors have said Knox, who was an exchange student studying in Perugia, Italy, and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito killed Kercher in a drug-fueled sex assault involving a third man from the Ivory Coast. Kercher died of a stab wound to the neck.

Prosecutors maintained that the murder weapon was a large knife taken from Sollecito’s house. Prosecutors said the knife matched the wounds on Kercher’s body and had traces of Kercher’s DNA on the blade and Knox’s DNA on the handle.

However, Knox’s defenders said she was innocent and was forced to say things she didn’t mean during a 14-hour police interrogation. And they said Italian police contaminated the crime scene, producing flawed DNA evidence.

Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast is serving a 16-year sentence for Kercher’s slaying. A new trial also has been ordered for Sollecito.

What happened that night remains a mystery.

“I was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil,” Knox told Sawyer in interview excerpts posted online. “It’s one thing to be called certain things in the media, and it’s another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil.

“For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not. I had to live with the idea that that would be my life,” she said during the interview.

Since returning to the U.S. in 2011, Knox has largely avoided the public spotlight while studying at the University of Washington.

Her memoir, “Waiting to Be Heard,” was released Tuesday.

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  • panhase

    Her book is titled “Waiting to be heard”? If she wants to be heard, she could return to Italy for the retrial and I am sure the court would love to listen to her.
    But I guess she is not so eager to voice her side there, better to cash in on a book.

    • pgsalt

      Blame the Italian justice system for this fiasco. It seems in Italy you can be tried for the same case twice or more and that’s ridiculous.

      That’s clearly an abuse but these silly Italians are somewhat capricious and they don’t care.

    • marionics

      he he who cares about italy???

      she can come here and I will try her…and then retry and retry her again until mapagsawaan ko siya he he

  • Horst Manure

    She would be waiting a life time if her case was here, the speed the judiciary here works at could be over taken by a snail.

    • gerp

      were you born yesterday MalOdour?.. if she would be accused there…the authorities will even escorted her to the very earliest flight to US…and she’ll never had a day in court wehehe.

    • nice_boy

      We have double jeopardy rule here. After her acquittal, she walks.

  • Freddie Nerk

    She was not “acquitted” it Italy. The DNA evidence on which she was convicted was thrown out, so her conviction was set aside. The trial can proceed-no double jeopardy applies since there was no acquittal when she was released. If she really believes she is innocent, she would go back and defend herself. Right now she stands as an accused murderer who was once convicted but subsequently released due to technical errors-she is not “innocent”. I hope the British family of the victim takes her to civil court and confiscates all her book profits.

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