Amanda Knox returned to Italy for an appearance at an Italy Innocence Project conference, USA Today reports, eight years after she was released from an Italian prison after being wrongfully convicted of murdering her roommate on a study-abroad program in Perugia.
Before her trip, Knox wrote an essay for Medium discussing the impact of the negative media coverage she received during and after her trial. She said society’s obsession with the “femme fatale” encourages journalists and social-media commenters to sexualize and vilify women accused of crimes. She herself was branded by some outlets as “Foxy Knoxy.”
Now a journalist and author, Knox, 31 wrote, “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. It’s on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media.”
The nonprofit Italy Innocence Project researches wrongful convictions, with an aim of preventing injustice in the future.
While speaking a the event in Italy, Knox said, “I know that despite my acquittal, I remain a controversial figure for the public opinion, especially in Italy. I know that many people think I am bad, that I don’t belong here. It shows how a false narrative can be powerful and undermine justice, especially when amplified by the media,” according to The New York Times.
Knox expressed her fears about returning to the country where she was wrongfully imprisoned and stigmatized on Instagram. She traveled to Italy with her fiancé, according to USA Today.
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