- Amanda Knox slammed Matt Damon for his new film based mostly on her overturned homicide conviction.
- “Stillwater” tells the story of an American father in France making an attempt to exonerate his daughter.
- “Why is my title used to confer with occasions I had no hand in?” Knox wrote in a Medium publish on Thursday.
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Amanda Knox slammed Matt Damon for his new film “Stillwater,” saying the filmmakers did not ask Knox for her “consent” earlier than making a movie impressed by her overturned homicide conviction.
Knox was charged with murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher whereas finding out overseas in Italy in 2007 and spent four years in prison. Her conviction was in the end overturned by a top Italian court in 2015, though Knox maintained her innocence throughout the high-profile trial.
Burglar Rudy Guede was charged with murdering Kercher in 2008 and spent 12 years in jail for the crime.
The story of Kercher’s homicide and Knox’s subsequent eight-year trial has been closely lined within the media and became a Lifetime movie, a documentary, and most lately, the Damon-led film “Stillwater.” Within the new movie, Damon performs an American father in France making an attempt to exonerate his daughter after she’s accused of murdering her roommate.
Knox spoke out in opposition to “Stillwater” in a lengthy Medium post earlier than the film’s launch on Friday, claiming that “each single overview” of the movie mentions her and that her face “seems on profiles and articles concerning the movie.”
“Why is my title used to confer with occasions I had no hand in?” Knox wrote in Thursday’s essay, which she also shared on Twitter. “I return to those questions as a result of others proceed to revenue off my title, face, and story with out my consent.”
Knox stated neither Damon nor director Tom McCarthy spoke to her earlier than making the film concerning the homicide trial the place she had “near-zero company.” She referred to a recent Vanity Fair interview with McCarthy the place the director stated he “could not assist however think about” being in “Knox’s sneakers” and informed the journal his movie was immediately impressed by Knox’s saga.
“My household and I’ve so much to say about that, and would have informed McCarthy…if he’d ever reached out,” Knox wrote.
Knox additionally stated in Thursday’s Medium post that the movie exaggerates her function as a “peripheral determine” within the occasions surrounding Kercher’s homicide by having Allison (performed by Abigail Breslin), the character based mostly on Knox, ask the killer for assist eliminating her roommate.
As an alternative, Knox stated that films and media studies concerning the 2007 homicide ought to concentrate on Kercher and Guede.
“Do not blame me for the truth that others put the concentrate on me as a substitute of Meredith,” Knox wrote within the essay. “And once you refer to those occasions, perceive that the way you speak about it impacts the individuals concerned: Meredith’s household, my household, Raffaele Sollecito, and me.”
Knox wrote a 2013 memoir about her experience titled “Waiting to be Heard.” Within the guide, Knox recounted her time in Italy prior to Kercher’s murder and her expertise with Italian regulation enforcement and the court docket system through the trial.
A Netflix documentary released three years after Knox’s memoir took a more in-depth have a look at the media frenzy surrounding the homicide and the trial, and specifically how Knox says she was villainized in the media.
Knox addressed the fallout from the extraordinary media scrutiny in Thursday’s post, writing that whereas Damon and McCarthy don’t have any “ethical obligation” to succeed in out to her about “Stillwater,” as it is a fictionalized account, she “by no means requested to develop into a public particular person” within the aftermath of the homicide.
“I used to be hounded by paparazzi,” Knox wrote. “My story and trauma was (and is) endlessly recycled for leisure, and within the course of, I have been accused of shifting consideration away from the reminiscence of Meredith Kercher, of being a media whore.”
She added: “I’ve not been allowed to return to the relative anonymity I had earlier than Perugia. My solely choice is to take a seat idly by whereas others proceed to distort my character, or combat to revive my good popularity that was wrongfully destroyed.”
Representatives for Amanda Knox, Matt Damon, and “Stillwater” director Tom McCarthy did not instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark. Focus Options, the studio behind “Stillwater,” additionally did not reply to a request for remark from Insider.
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