Sollecito told Il Messaggero that the "media battle" probably hurt him the most during the trial. Sollecito was asked about the photos in newspapers shortly after Kercher's death when he and Knox were spotted buying underwear and Sollecito was quoted saying they were for a "hot night." It was cited by critics that showed the couple felt no remorse about Kercher's death.
"We went to buy underwear because all of Amanda's things were sequestered [by the police]. Everything that was said about it is wrong. My comment was just a comment in jest. Referring to the underwear and to Amanda, it was just a flip comment," he told Il Massaggero.