Amanda Knox has said the outcome of the US election ‘can’t be as bad’ as the four years she spent in prison after being falsely accused of murder.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden are battling it out to become the next US President, with Biden currently holding 225 electoral votes to Trump’s 213. Taking to Twitter, Ms Knox wrote: ‘Whatever happens, the next four years can’t be as bad as that four-year study abroad I did in Italy, right?’
Ms Knox was accused of murdering her British flatmate, Meredith Kercher, 21, with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito while studying abroad in Perguia, Italy, in 2007.
She and Mr Sollecito were both found guilty in 2009, and she was jailed for 26 years. Their convictions were then overturned by an appeals court in 2011 following a gruelling legal process.
But despite her innocence, the tweet did not go down well, with other social media users responding to tell Ms Knox ‘nobody laughed’ and ‘hey, you know somebody died, right?’
Ms Knox, who is now a journalist, later liked a reply that read: ‘Getting to a point where you can laugh at something like this is tough! Great job!’
Ms Kercher was found dead in her room in November 2007, having been sexually assaulted and stabbed in the throat. She had been on a year-abroad in Italy while studying at the University of Leeds.
Officers investigating her death said they became suspicious of Ms Knox due to her behaviour. They claimed she had kissed Mr Sollecito at the crime scene and performed cartwheels while waiting at the police station.
The prosecution then found a small sample of Ms Knox’s DNA on the handle of a knife belonging to Mr Sollecito, with Ms Kercher’s DNA found on the blade.
The defence said the knife did not match the wounds Ms Kercher had sustained and pointed out that no shoe prints, clothing fibres, hairs, fingerprints, skin cells, or DNA of Ms Knox’s were found on the body.
In contrast, DNA belonging to a third suspect, Rudy Guede, was found all over the bedroom. Guede was found guilty of murder and sexual assault in October 2008 and sentenced to 30 years in jail, which was later reduced to 16 years.
Ms Knox has blamed prosecutors and the media for her wrongful conviction. Last year she acknowledged she was still a ‘controversial figure for the public opinion, especially in Italy’ despite her acquittal.
She went on: ‘To the world, I wasn’t a suspect innocent until proven guilty, I was a cunning, psychopathic, dirty, drugged-up w***e who was guilty until proven otherwise.’
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