In an essay for Marie Claire magazine, Amanda Knox has compared the way she has been vilified in the press to how actress Asia Argento, who has alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her, has been treated.
Argento has alleged that in 1997, Weinstein performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop. Knox claims that in the United States, Argento has been praised by the media for her bravery, but in her home country of Italy, she has been labeled a lying “prostitute” who “cares more than her career than her dignity.”
“I’ve followed the coverage closely because it mirrors how I was treated,” Knox wrote.
Knox, now a writer and activist, was accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher while studying abroad in Italy. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were initially found guilty of murder.
“Back in 2007, the Italian media plundered my social media and diaries, leaking my sexual history as evidence of my psychopathy. Everything I did — showering; kissing my boyfriend; and crying, or not crying, at all the wrong times — was viewed as akin to a confession.”
The conviction was controversial due to the fact that many forensics experts thought evidence at the crime scene was incompatible with their involvement.
Knox appealed the conviction and was found not guilty 2011. She was immediately released and went home to Seattle. However, she was re-convicted of the murder in 2014.
But in 2015, the murder case against her was finally dismissed by the Supreme Court of Italy, which definitively acquitted Knox and Sollecito of any involvement.
Rudy Guede, an acquaintance of the girls, was found guilty of Kercher’s murder.
As the legal proceedings played out, the media focused on Knox’s appearance and sexuality, and gave her the nickname “Foxy Knoxy” — and, according to her, she also received criticism for not grieving properly.
Knox states that “there is no ‘normal’ response to a friend’s murder or to being raped,” and states that the Italian press “labeled me the whore who sleeps her way to committing murder.”
Now, Knox states that the Italian media has used professional images taken from Argento’s work as an actress in order to demonize her. She refers to a headline that reads: “First they give it away, then they whine and pretend to repent” paired with an image of a scantily clad Argento.
By using stereotypes, Knox argues, the media gives sexual predators more power.
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Main photo: Amanda Knox in 2016 [Wikimedia Commons]