Amanda Knox, the American study-abroad student who was accused of murdering her roommate in Perugia, Italy, in 2007, spoke out about the highly controversial case and her involvement in a new Netflix documentary during an interview on Good Morning America on Thursday, September 29.
The talk show aired a clip of Knox, now 29, giving a provocative statement in the documentary. “Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing or I am you,” she declared.
The Washington native explained to GMA that she participated in the film to shed light on exonerees all over the world who are wrongfully accused of crimes. “What I’m trying to convey is a regular person like me, just a kid who was studying abroad who loves languages, could be caught up in this nightmare where they’re portrayed as something they’re not,” Knox, who did not receive a paycheck for her contribution to the documentary, told Robin Roberts. “I think I’m trying to explain what it feels like to be wrongfully convicted, to either be this terrible monster or to be just a regular person who is vulnerable.”
The film delves into the murder of British student Meredith Kercher and the ensuing trials. Knox was originally convicted by an Italian court of killing Kercher, but the conviction was overturned four years later. She finally returned to the U.S. In 2011, but was convicted again in 2014 and sent back to an Italian prison. In March 2015, Italy’s highest court ruled that she was innocent, and the case was officially closed. Her ex-boyfriend and co-defendent Raffaele Sollecito was also cleared in 2015.
“What I really appreciate about this documentary is that it’s good journalism in the sense that they give you the reliable facts of the case and they said, ‘Decide for yourself,’” Knox continued. “By showing who was a part of it, not just me, not just my co-defendant, but also the prosecutor and the media, they’re shedding more light on what happened than all the speculation that’s been put out there combined.”
Knox recognizes that it will be hard for Kercher’s family to have the spotlight back on the case once again. “That’s the really sad part about this tragedy is that as soon as the prosecutor made it about Amanda, it has to be Amanda, they took away the fact that this case is about her and what the truth was about what happened to her,” she said.
The Waiting to Be Heard author is now planning to attend graduate school, but admits she can’t go back to the life she had before. “Now my attention is turning towards the next person. My name is cleared. I’m fine. I’m moving on with my life,” she said. “I’m redeveloping my relationships. I’m redeveloping my relationship with freedom.”
Amanda Knox is available for streaming on Netflix at midnight on Friday, September 30.
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