Amanda Knox Hit With $12M Civil Suit

Because her statements were taken without a lawyer present, they were thrown out by a previous court. But Knox repeated a similar story in a written statement she later gave police.

Carlo Pacelli, the lawyer representing Lumumba, attacked Knox's character in no uncertain terms today, describing her as "satanical and diabolical" for blaming Lumumba for a crime he did not do.

Pacelli said Knox is a "talented and calculating liar" who deliberately framed Lumumba.

"Just a few words said by the nefarious and astute Amanda Knox to police, 'I confusedly remember that he killed her,''' Pacelli noted, "have destroyed Patrick Lumumba as a man, father and husband."

Knox's Father Not Yet Ready to Contact Kerchers

Pacelli did not put a figure to his request for damages, saying that would be requested in a separate hearing. He said the damage could not be quantified at the moment because Patrick is still suffering the consequences of being named by Knox, and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.

The Italian state has awarded Lumumba $12,000 in compensation for unjust detention, although he had originally requested more than 10 times that amount.

Outside the court today, Knox's father, Curt, who had just arrived from the United States, told reporters that "once this is all over and the Kercher family see that Amanda had nothing to do with this, I want to pick up the phone and express our condolences at their loss. I can't begin to fathom the pain they must be going through but until they know Amanda had nothing to do with this, then that is a call I cannot make."

The owner of the cottage where the killing took place also requested damages: $57,000 for lost rent and the cost of renovating the house that was dubbed by many "the house of horrors" in the aftermath of the crime.

Closing arguments for the defense are scheduled to start Saturday with lawyers for suspect Sollecito. Knox's defense is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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