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Amanda Knox blasted criticism that she’s building her career off the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher — saying that people forget that she has her “own life.”
Knox, who was wrongfully accused in the 2007 murder, said it’s “frustrating” that she’s been accused of trying to make money off the infamous case with her pursuits as an activist and true crime podcast host.
“I’m told that I’m profiting off Meredith’s death by having a career in any way relating to my experiences. It’s all very frustrating,” Knox, 33, told the Sunday Times.
Knox finds it troubling that her name is inextricably tied to the murder when she was a 22-year-old American exchange student in the university town of Perugia, Italy.
“I exist only through the lens of Meredith’s murder in some people’s minds,” she told the paper.
“They forget that I’m a human being with my own life and my own experiences and I’ve literally had nothing to do with Meredith’s murder, except that I was her roommate at the time.”
She said that part of the reason that she decided to take on her new gig as the host of “The Truth About True Crime” was that her own ordeal taught her that the genre “in general is very badly done.”
“It’s very salacious, it revels in tragedy and trauma and horror. I wanted to do the opposite, because I was a character in a morality play,” Knox said.
She suggested that people struggle to understand that she also suffered trauma from being accused in the case — a long judicial process that involved a series of flip-flop decisions before the highest court acquitted her in 2015.
“People seem to believe that there can be only one true victim. So my suffering is constantly compared by others, not by me, to Meredith’s,” Knox told the paper.
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