Amanda Knox on Thursday returned to Italy for the first time since the United States student was acquitted in 2015 of the gruesome killing of her British housemate after spending four years behind bars. Knox, who arrived to a media frenzy, will attend a conference organized by the Italy Innocence Project, an organization that helps people wrongly convicted of crimes.
Knox and Sollecito spent four years in prison before being acquitted, but were convicted again in absentia in 2013 until another acquittal in 2015.
The reference is to the defining moment of her life: her arrest and eventual acquittal for the gruesome 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. She was later cleared along with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
"While on trial for a murder I didn't commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story", Knox wrote.
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Amanda Knox describes herself on her website as a journalist, public speaker, and author.
"Amanda now works to shed light on the issues of wrongful conviction, truth-seeking, and public shaming, and to inspire people towards empathy and perspective", her website says. I don't get to make a dark joke. "That was weird, and it was freaky in a way that forced me to reckon with what it meant for my life to be other people's content", she wrote.
"Thrust into the spotlight against my will in 2007, the year of the iPhone and the takeoff of Twitter and Facebook, the most intimate details of my life - from my sexual history to my thoughts of death and suicide in prison - were taken from my private diary and leaked to the media", she wrote.
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Meredith, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found semi-naked with multiple stab wounds on the bedroom floor of the flat they shared in Perugia.
Knox wrote in an article for Medium.com pubished Wednesday that she was "polishing up the speech I'm about to give to a potentially hostile audience in Italy".
The following year she made her Instagram public for the first time - a move that was viewed as ill-advised and shocking to some, but what she described as simply unveiling "all my wonderful cat videos".
Kercher's nude body was found under a blanket in her locked room; investigators said her throat was slit and she had been sexually assaulted.
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An Ivorian immigrant, Rudy Guede, is serving a 16-year murder sentence for Kercher's slaying.