Media built false story around me, Amanda Knox tells Italian conference

Amanda Knox was in Italy to speak at a criminal justice festival

Amanda Knox was in Italy to speak at a criminal justice festival

Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived Thursday in Italy for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of Kercher, her roommate.

In 2007, an Italian newspaper asked, "Who is Amanda?".

But she told an audience at the Criminal Justice Festival how she is "afraid" of "new accusations". Who was Meredith Kercher? .

The lawyer for Meredith Kercher's family blasted Knox's return to Italy as "inappropriate".

Knox spent some time speaking with Pringle and Angelo Massaro, an Italian who spent 21 years in jail after a conviction for murder before being found not guilty.

"While on trial for a murder I didn't commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story", Knox wrote in a Medium article ahead of her return to Italy.

Before leaving her home in Seattle for Italy, she posted a photo on Instagram of her clinging to a mountain edge alongside the caption: "3 Days till I return to Italy for the first time since leaving prison".

Ivory Coast-born Rudy Guede is now serving a 16-year sentence for Ms Kercher's murder after his fingerprints were found at the scene.

Sollecito was acquitted alongside Knox, but Guede was convicted in a separate "fast track" trial and is serving a 16-year jail term in Italy. Knox had told investigators that she "covered her ears as he [Lumumba] killed".

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The festival, which will run from June 13 to 15, is organised by the Italy Innocence Project and the Camera Penale di Modena, an association of lawyers.

The US national was cleared of killing Ms Kercher - found with her throat slashed in Perugia in 2007 - by an Italian supreme court four years ago.

The media, Ms Knox said had "contaminated the inquiry".

Ms Knox, now 31, said many people had thought she was insane to return. "The investigation was contaminated and the jury corrupted, it was impossible for me to have a fair trial".

"In the court of public opinion, you are not a person, you are an object to consume", Knox said during a panel entitled "Trial by Media".

Knox said she understood that Perugia prosecutor Giuliano Mignini wanted justice for murderer Kercher but said she hopes he will one day see she is not a monster.

Both Ms Knox and Ms Kercher were young students and the alleged sexual nature of the murder played a key part in fuelling media interest. She was later cleared along with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

She has since written a book and helped produce a Netflix documentary about her time in prison and her experience of being falsely accused.

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