Amanda Knox sings the Beatles, attracts Hollywood's eye, preps for appeal
Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy, is set to appeal her conviction. Meanwhile, Amanda Knox performed in a prison concert and is the subject of two movies.
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"In Passeggiando con Amanda (Walking with Amanda)," Florisbela Inocencio de Jesus, describes how the young Seattle undergraduate was gradually hardened by prison and how other inmates initially resented the special treatment she received, such as longer visiting hours.Skip to next paragraph
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"Take Me With You," a book about Knox by an Italian parliamentarian, Rocco Girlanda, who often visited her in prison to check on her welfare, is due out next month.
Court date: Oct. 1
Knox is scheduled to appear in court in Perugia on Oct. 1 when, unless the hearing is held behind closed doors, every detail of her demeanor and dress will again be scrutinized.
The hearing is part of a separate case, running parallel to her appeal, in which she faces accusations of slandering the Italian police. She accused officers of cuffing her around the head and threatening her during an all-night interrogation a few days after Kercher’s body was found in the cottage the two women shared.
As Knox spends her days in a grim women’s prison outside Perugia, a British production company is negotiating to buy the rights to Latza Nadeau’s book.
British director Michael Winterbottom, whose previous films include "A Mighty Heart," based on the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl, is reportedly set to direct the film. Both men visited Perugia during the summer.
On the other side of Atlantic, actress Hayden Panettiere, the star of the sci-fi series "Heroes," is due to play Knox in a movie to be shown on Lifetime channel next year and expected to focus on the events leading up to the murder and the subsequent trial. News of the film has already upset the Kercher family and has been criticized by Knox’s defense team.
"Such a film is highly inopportune when the case has yet to go to appeal," lawyer Maria Del Grosso told the Italian press.
Italy’s legal system allows defendants to challenge their convictions at two different levels, with a final outcome – either acquittal and release, or confirmation of the conviction – likely to take years.
Lawyers for Knox's ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, said they would try to ban the American movie if it was completed before the full appeals process had been exhausted.
"We do not yet have the final verdict in this case. If the film is ready before the second level of appeal is over, we will seek a court injunction to prevent it being aired," one of the lawyers, Luca Maori, told Italian journalists this week.