In the long and drawn out case of Amanda Knox, the American student who has repeatedly faced trial for the murder of her British roommate in 2007, in what prosecutors called a drug-fuelled sexual assault, in which she tried to coerce her roommate to join an orgy but ended up cutting her throat with a knife instead, Knox is confident that the third trial will prove her innocence.
Knox and her Italian boyfriend of the time were convicted in 2009 for killing the 21-year-old Leeds University student Meredith Kercher, only for an appeal in 2011 to free them from the verdict. The Italian Supreme court than overturned the acquittal in March, claiming “contradictions and inconsistencies.”
“I think I’m paying for the mistakes of the police, of the investigators who don’t want to admit they were wrong,” she said in an interview aired on Italian state RAI television Tuesday night.
“I hope that this new trial will find me innocent and will look at these facts … let’s look at this all in full, but let’s find my innocence,” she said.
She complained that the prosecutors falsely portrayed her as a sex-addled “she-devil.”
“I am not the femme fatale criminal fantasy they describe. This person does not exist. They put a mask on me, they put evil on me, but they didn’t try to see who I really was,” she said.
She also said she did not plan to return to Italy to attend the retrial after being “Wrongfully imprisoned” there.