Amanda Knox has lashed out at Matt Damon’s new film “Stillwater” – claiming the film capitalizes on her actual fight for a wrongful murder conviction.
The 34-year-old lamented that her name continues to be associated with a murder she didn’t commit – and is now linked to a movie she wasn’t involved in directing.
“Does my name belong to me?” »She wrote in a Thursday tweet storm. ” My face ? What about my life? My story ? Why does my name refer to events I haven’t attended? I come back to these questions because others continue to take advantage of my name, face and story without my consent. More recently the film #STILL WATER“
Knox also took issue with the fictional character she now feels associated with, as the film’s ending moves away from real events in a sinister turn.
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Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were twice convicted and then acquitted in the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Although “Stillwater” largely fictionalized the affair, director Tom McCarthy said the Knox affair inspired the storyline and that critics and promos for the film have noted the similarity of locations to what happened to Knox.
The exonerated disputed an article in Vanity Fair which described the affair as “the Amanda Knox saga”.
“I want to stop here on this line: ‘the Amanda Knox saga’,” Knox said. “What does this refer to? Does this refer to something I did? No.
“This refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede,” she continued.
“This refers to the poor quality police work, the tunnel vision of prosecutors and the refusal to admit their mistakes that led the Italian authorities to wrongly convict me, twice. During these four years of wrongful imprisonment and 8 years of trial, I had almost zero agency.
Knox shared a headline from The Post that read “The Man Who Killed Amanda Knox’s Roommate Freed on Community Service” as an example of how his name continues to be linked to the murder.
“I would love nothing more than people call the events of Perugia ‘The Murder of Meredith Kercher by Rudy Guede’ which would place me as the peripheral figure I should have been, the innocent roommate,” he said. she declared.
“But I know my wrongful conviction and the trials that followed have become the story people obsess over,” she continued. “I know they are going to call it the ‘Amanda Knox Saga’ in the future.”
She then demanded that people be aware of how they are discussing events – and recognize that it is not her choice that the focus remains on her.
The exonerated also challenged director McCarthy and star Matt Damon to join her on his “Labyrinths” podcast.
The “Stillwater” character is shown to have sex with her roommate, while Knox has declared that she is “nothing but a platonic friend” with Meredith, she said. And the film’s finale describes the character as the more culpable “tabloid conspiracy” version of Knox, she says.
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“By imagining my innocence, my complete lack of involvement, by erasing the role of authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces an image of me as a guilty and untrustworthy person,” she said.
“I was not allowed to return to the relative anonymity I had before Perugia,” Knox said.
“My only option is to sit idly by while others continue to distort my character, or fight to restore my good reputation which has been unjustly destroyed.”
A Focus Features spokesperson could not be reached Thursday evening. The Post has reached out to Damon’s publicist for comment.
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