Amanda Knox Threatens To Sue Over Upcoming Film About Meredith Kercher’s Murder
Amanda Knox’s lawyers are threatening to sue the makers of the upcoming BBC film “The Face of an Angel,” about Knox’s alleged murder of her roommate, if it is “damaging to her image.” Knox was living as an exchange student in Perugia, Italy, in 2007 when her 21-year-old roommate Meredith Kercher was found dead in the house they shared. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in the murder and served four years in an Italian prison before being released on appeal in 2011. Earlier this year, the Italian court found her guilty again. Knox is still in the U.S. and in the process of appealing in hopes of avoiding extradition. As her lawyer pointed out, a film like this could impact the end result of her case.
The Kercher family has already screened the film, which is dedicated to Meredith, and given their approval. Michael Winterbottom, the movie’s director, felt it was very important that the story focus on Meredith, as she was the ultimate victim. He didn’t want to go forward with the dedication unless the Kerchers supported that decision. He told the Daily Mail, “The Kercher family had talked a lot about that, with a huge amount of dignity, the reasons they went for the trial was to make sure that amongst the chaos, it was remembered that someone had lost their life. That was one of the central things I thought about.”
The film’s writer isn’t too worried about legal trouble because she says the movie does not “place the knife in Knox’s hand.” This is surprising, considering that the book it’s based on, Angel Face, paints Knox as very, very guilty. The book was written by CNN journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau, who covered Kercher’s murder and the subsequent trial. Nadeau will be played by Kate Beckinsale, which is encouraging in the “maybe this won’t be so tacky” department. Cara Delevingne and Genevieve Gaunt of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” will also star in the film.
Nadeau told the Daily Mail, “I remember worrying that a movie about this murder would be ultimately sensational, bloody, and disrespectful to Meredith Kercher, who didn’t deserve to be a victim once more. … Anything with Knox as the star would be disrespectful to Meredith. But the film is not really about the murder, it just uses it as a jumping off point.” No matter how well done this movie ends up, it’s still about an over-exploited tragedy, so I’m not so sure I have any interest in it. But if we want to know for ourselves whether it’s sue-worthy, we’ll just have to wait until it’s released in the UK in October.
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