Actress Hayden Panettiere appeared on Access Hollywood on Feb. 21, 2011 to talk about her latest project, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,” which premiereso n Monday night. The movie is a true crime drama on Lifetime TV that has caused outrage, largely because the case is currently under appeal.
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Hayden Panettiere stars as Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy in 2009. Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted of the murder. Knox herself, her family and Meredith Kercher’s family have all expressed anger over the Lifetime movie. Amanda Knox and her parents are reportedly upset over the way she is portrayed. The Kercher family is upset at the graphic depiction of the murder. Lifetime TV movie about Amanda Knox causes controversy
Marrcia Gay Harden, portrays Amanda’s mother, was interviewed on The View abouth the movie last week. Marcia Gay Harden talks about her role in Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy
Amanda Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years in prison. They have each filed appeals, which are pending. Lifetime TV has been criticized for airing a movie about an ongoing case.
Hayden Panetierre defended the movie, telling Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, “The way in which this film is done, it’s done very tastefully. It’s done in a very classy way, there’s nothing in it that would incriminate her, nothing that would sway opinions in court, when it came to her appeal.” Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy stars Hayden Panettiere
“It seems like they do show her (Meredith Kercher) getting murdered, but you never see her do it, and it’s very obviously an idea of what could have happened and not necessarily what did happen,” Hayden said of the movie’s more graphic scenes.
“It’s just one of those stories, it’s riveting, you just want to know so much about it and to play somebody who is going through this, an actual person, is just a challenge that I was thrilled to take.”
When asked if she thought Amanda Knox could be innocent, Pantierre said. “I believe that she very well could be. I believe that she very well could have been there, there’s a lot of sides of the story… there are things that just don’t add up,” she told Billy and Kit. “The fact that there are three people involved here, the fact that nobody has pointed fingers at anyone… I don’t think anyone will know, unless one of them comes out and says, ‘I did it.’”
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy debuts on Lifetime TV on Feb. 21, 2011.