Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox, Amanda discussed on Woman's Hour

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Another exclusive interview today, with Amanda Knox, a woman whose name became synonymous with a terrible tragedy, and who still trying to reclaim her identity and the truth. 14 years ago this week, British student Meredith kercher was sexually assaulted and killed in a brutal attack in her apartment in Italy. She was just 21, her death was shocking and horrendous for her family. They have sent us a statement today which I will read later. But sadly, Meredith kercher did not become the most memorable name in the investigation that followed. Amanda Knox was Meredith's American flatmate, and prosecutors under global pressure to solve the crime, focused on Amanda and her boyfriend of a few days, raffaelli solito, as the world's media descended, a narrative quickly emerged of a sexually voracious femme fatale, and her accomplice, who they said had killed Meredith in a drug fueled sex game gone wrong. Amanda was dubbed foxy knoxy by the media. Aged 20,000s of miles from home, with only a basic grasp of Italian, Amanda was interrogated by police for hours and hours without a lawyer or interpreter. During which she implicated a man who was later released, and signed a statement that placed her at the crime scene, which she then recanted. Despite the separate arrest, conviction and imprisonment of Rudy gede for the crime, his DNA was found all over the crime scene, Amanda was also found guilty and sentenced to 26 years. She was freed on appeal in 2011 after four years in prison. And after another trial reinstated her conviction, the Italian Supreme Court presided over an appeal which fully exonerated her in 2015, and pointed to glaring errors in the original investigation. Amanda now lives back in Seattle, is married and has just had a baby. She's built a career as a writer, podcaster and campaigner. However, a decade on from her prison release, she says she's not been able to restore her reputation or take back control of her story. She has a particularly complicated relationship with the British media and hasn't conducted a UK interview for years. But has been compelled to speak out because of a new film still water starring Matt Damon, which she says drew on and profited from her experience without her consent..

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