ABC Television Network has secured the first TV interview with Amanda Knox since her release from Italian jail in October 2011.
The exclusive special, to be hosted by acclaimed Diane Sawyer, will air the same day that Knox’s memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, will be published.
Knox, who was convicted of murder and sexual assault while studying abroad in Italy, will be breaking her silence she has taken since being cleared of aforementioned charges in October 2011.
Knox – along with her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito – was first accused of murdering and sexually assaulting Kercher, and simulating a burglary in November 2007.
Her story blew up in December 2009 when, after already being jailed for two years, she was convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Her story quickly became closely followed in the US, because while she was known as a friendly, girl-next-door type, she was presented as a cold-blooded killer and accused of “lurid sexual behavior” in the Italian courts. Americans were extremely disturbed by the Italian press and the way she was unfairly presented to the public during her trials. Names used to describe Knox included “Foxy Knoxy” and “she-devil.”
In October 2011, after serving four of her 26 sentenced years in prison, Knox was acquitted of her murder and sexual assault charges, and was able to return to the US.
Although Knox was not paid by ABC News to do the interview with Sawyer, she was paid $4 million by Harper Collins for her memoir.
Knox’s then-boyfriend, Sollecito, similarly consistently maintained his innocence throughout the entire trial, and had his own book published about the ordeal, Honor Bound.
The special will air Tuesday, April 30, at 10:00 pm EST.