Amanda Knox attorneys threaten suit over new movie showing her killing roommate
Lawyers representing American student Amanda Knox are threatening to take legal action against the makers of a movie showing their client taking part in the murder of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox is the American student convicted in an Italian courtroom in Dec. 2009 of the 2007 murder of Meredith, 21, with whom she shared a cottage in Italy. She was sentenced to 26 years behind bars in an Italian prison.
Also found guilty of participating in the murder was Knox’s ex-boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and drifter Rudy Guede who had his initial 30 year sentence reducted to 16 during an appeal.
The prosecution in the case theorized that Meredith refused to join the three in a sexual encounter, thus Guede sexually assaulted her while Knox slit her throat as Sollecito assisted.
To see a photo slideshow regarding the case, the evidence involved, and key players, click here.
Actress Hayden Panettiere plays Knox in the Lifetime network TV movie entitled ‘Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.’
To see a photo slideshow regarding the verdict in the case, click here.
Defense attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova is representing Knox as she appeals her conviction for murder. He has sent a “legal warning” to the makers of the film insisting they pull both the trailer and the movie from being shown, according to DailyMail.com.
“The family are not happy and we as her defense team are not happy. This film will be screened before the appeal resumes and before a final decision from the Italian Supreme Court,” said Dalla Vedova.
He added, “We have seen the trailer and it is completely wrong that a film should be made about a case that has not yet finished and is going through an appeal… Certain scenes in the trailer are inaccurate and have been proved to be inaccurate during the trial so to say the screenplay is based on events during the trial is also wrong.”
Dalla Vedova revealed that Knox’s family is also opposed to the movie. The attorney noted that Lifetime has until Feb. 10 to remove the trailer and announce whether the film will be pulled.
To see the complete Lifetime trailer for ‘Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,’ click here.
Knox’s attorneys won a victory recently in her appeal, when the court ordered DNA used to convict their client be reviewed and retested.
To see photos from the trailer, click on the slideshow to the left of this article, or click here.
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