Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Amanda Knox returns to Italy for first time since her acquittal

Amanda Knox returns to Italy for first time since her acquittal

Amanda Knox's fiancé joked that their trip to Italy might be "different" this time around - as they returned together for the first time since she was acquitted of her British roommate's murder.

Knox, who announced her participation in the Italy Innocence Project last month, gained global attention in 2007 after suspicion fell on her and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. After a retrial and a series of controversies, Italy's highest court annulled Knox's convictions in 2015.

Prior to traveling to Italy, the 31-year-old penned an essay titled "Your Content, My Life", which delves into her decision to accept the invitation to the upcoming panel, in place of media interviews.

"Amanda Knox is returning to Italy for closure".

The Seattle native was 20-years-old at the time of the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher, a fellow exchange student whose half-naked body was found on November 2, 2007, in a bedroom of the apartment she and Knox shared in the central city of Perugia.

Knox now lives in Seattle with her fiancé, Christopher Robinson, who joined her on her trip overseas, judging from another recent Instagram post.

During the murder trial prosecutors painted Knox as a "sex-crazed femme fatale", but Knox's supporters said there was a lack of hard evidence and accused Italian authorities of feeding scandalous stories to the media to make the couple look guilty.

An Ivorian immigrant, Rudy Guede, is now serving a 16-year sentence for Ms Kercher's murder.

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Before she arrived in Italy, Knox posted a photo on Instagram appearing to show her hanging from a cliff, saying she created her "own inspirational workplace poster" because she felt "frayed".

In the caption, Ms Knox wrote: "Three days until I return to Italy for the first time since leaving prison".

Since her release, Knox has written a book about her experience - "Waiting To Be Heard: A Memoir" - been the subject of a Netflix documentary, and become a public advocate for inmates who have been wrongfully imprisoned.

"What I had to do was juggle being the Amanda Knox in the tabloids and the Amanda Knox just doing her thing, living her life", she said. In it, she discusses how the most intimate details of her life were spotlighted by the media during her trial and how she continues to be a content source for others.

"And then, of course, Netflix chose to advertise "Amanda Knox" with twin massive billboards in L.A. and NY: my face and the words "monster" on one and "victim" on the other", Knox wrote in her Medium post. "It's on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media".

"Hang in there!" she wrote.

Knox left Italy correct now after the acquittal and has no longer returned to the country.

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