Fact and Fiction in Amanda Knox Movie


Movie:Knox tells her mother she was questioned by police for 13 hours. Fact: Knox was questioned nearly 50 hours over a span of several days.

Movie:One witness for the prosecution in the film is a store owner who says he saw Knox buying bleach at his store early on the morning after the murder. In the film, he contacts police immediately. Fact: The store owner didn't contact police until months after the crime, and that was at the prodding of a reporter.

Knox and Kercher Families Upset By Amanda Knox Movie

Movie:The movie takes great lengths to establish the relationship between Knox and Sollecito, even showing them in a romantic picnic scene. Fact:No picnic has ever been mentioned by Knox or Sollecito and it was winter during the six days they knew each other between their first meeting and the crime.

Movie:Knox, Kercher and Rudy Guede, the third person convicted in the crime, are shown hanging out together in drug-fueled party where he kisses Knox's hand. Fact:Both Guede and Knox have stated they were not friends and there was never any communication between them, according to police.

The Knox and Kercher families have been dreading the movie. Amanda Knox herself was hyperventilating and shocked when she saw clips from the movie trailer in her prison cell during an Italian newscast.

Knox's family statement today added, "None of Lifetime's channel's, owners, writers, producers or actors know us, have ever met us or Amanda, and obviously don't know who we are."

Kercher's father, John Kercher, told the London Sun earlier this month that -- after seeing the movie's trailer -- Kercher's mother Arline can't bear to watch the preview and he found it upsetting.

"Your imagination runs riot as it is about what happened," John Kercher told the newspaper. "But to actually see it like this is very distressing. The scenes are absolutely horrific. "It's awful what these film people have done."

Knox lawyers filed a complaint Feb. 3, against Lifetime TV, YouTube and Google asking them to stop distribution of the video and to remove trailers from the Internet.

YouTube pulled down the trailers and Lifetime had reedited them.

The Knox complaint stated the TV movie may induce "an evil opinion" of Amanda Knox, particularly among the jurors currently considering her appeal. The document also states the movie appears to infringe Knox's "fundamental constitutional rights" and jeopardizes her right to a fair trial.

Knox lawyers say they will take further legal action.

Fact and Fiction in Amanda Knox Movie

Lifetime hired a team of lawyers in Milan, Italy to defend their movie. A hearing date to hear the case has been set for March 24 in Perugia.

Amanda Knox was just 20 years old in the fall of 2007, when she moved to Perugia,to study Italian, when her roommate was murdered. Knox was arrested and charged with the crime, along with her Italian boyfriend.

Knox and Sollecito are appealing their convictions. In December, Knox and Sollecito lawyers were granted a re-examination of forensic evidence by independent experts, a request that was denied during their trial in 2009.

Knox lawyers say that, according to the Italian constitution, Knox and Sollecito are presumed innocent until the legal process is complete. In Italy, a conviction and sentence are not final until the appeals process concludes. It is unprecedented in Italy that a film airs before legal proceedings are over

The third person convicted, Rudy Guede, had his appeal rejected in 2010 and was sentenced to 16 years. His conviction and sentence are final.

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