Whenever she meets anyone new Amanda Knox goes on trial again. It’s not enough that she has twice been acquitted of murder. That didn’t exonerate her in the court of public opinion.

She speaks to @HelenRumbelow: thetimes.co.uk/article/amanda…
Knox has to continue to patiently defend herself 12 years after she was wrongfully convicted in Perugia in one of the most notorious trials of the past half-century.
Rudy Guede, the man who killed Meredith Kercher, is forgotten. Even after his early release from prison he gets none of the vilification that Knox, who was Kercher’s friend, has faced.
“The controversy, not the truth, is what people care about more,” Knox says.

She lives with hatred heaped on her for still existing.
Knox’s conviction, in the eyes of the law and public, depended almost exclusively on appearances, and it resulted in her serving four years in prison.
Despite Knox’s acquittal, there has been no #MeToo re-evaluation of how she became the scapegoat for a man’s crime. Instead, while the real Knox is told to disappear, our dramas don’t let “Foxy Knoxy” go.

It's pure “hypocrisy and cruelty”, she says.
Knox has criticised the film Stillwater, based on the Kercher murder, and the BBC drama Showtrial, about a female student arrested for murder in a “sex game gone wrong.”

This, when almost all violence against women is perpetrated by men, Knox says, is pure “misogynist fantasy.”
Knox’s hope is that by the time her daughter is old enough to be aware of the playground whispers about her mother she will have managed to win over some of the public jury.
“I want her to exist in a world that is going to be much kinder to her than it was to me,” Knox says. “And I’m trying to figure out how I can have a role in that.”
The “why don’t you disappear?” sentiment is strongest from the UK, which feels protective of Kercher’s family.

Often it is framed as a moral duty for Knox to suffer and be silent. She argues that for her to have a public voice is not dishonouring the memory of Kercher.
Knox has met Monica Lewinsky. “She also internalised a lot of self-blame. We ended up becoming the scapegoats for other people’s bad actions."

“Her advice to me has always been from a place of it having taken a long time to achieve a recognition of her humanity in the world."
Read the full interview here: thetimes.co.uk/article/amanda…

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