Amanda Knox charges $12k for murder talk
AMANDA Knox is reportedly charging up to $12,000 per gig as she tours the US to give speeches on the Meredith Kercher murder case.
According to The Sun, the 30-year-old, who has finally been cleared of the 2007 crime, says she was depicted as a "she-devil" during the protracted legal battle.
British exchange student Meredith Kercher, 21, was murdered at the apartment she shared with Ms Knox in the Italian city of Perugia.
Speaking on Wednesday night, Ms Knox said she had believed there was "light at the end of the tunnel," she told an audience at Roanoke College in Virginia.
"The nonsense spattered about me didn't matter. I thought it just showed that it was a weak case.
"I still believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel because the truth mattered," The Roanoke Times reports her saying.
Ms Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito faced charges of sexually assaulting, beating and slitting the throat of Ms Kercher.
Ms Knox spent four years in jail, was twice convicted and twice exonerated of involvement in the killing, with the case thrown out for good by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015.
Speaking candidly to the crowd on Wednesday night, she also addressed the notorious incident when she and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were captured kissing on camera.
"I didn't think ultimately that this would matter in a courtroom," she said.
"I didn't see that train coming my way, because it never in my wildest nightmares occurred to me that I could be wrongfully convicted.
"When the prosecution and media crafted their story, they created this doppelganger version of me to fit that story," she said.
This is not the first time Ms Knox has given the account of her journey, after publishing her biographical Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir in 2013.
She now advertises her services as a speaker through the All American Speakers agency, where her fees are said to range between $6,000 and $12,000.
One reviewer, Dina Finkelshtein from Windsor Law praised a "wonderful talk", noting that "Amanda was not afraid or ashamed of being emotional during the keynote".
Speaking in Virginia, Ms Knox said: "Foxy Knoxy, she was the blank slate to which everyone could project their fears, their judgment and their uncertainties.
"People really liked those stories: the 'man eater,' the 'she-devil.' And they convicted her.
"If I've learned anything, you can't uncover the truth by ignoring the messy reality, and the messy reality of our justice system is that it was filled by and implemented by flawed but mostly well-intentioned people."
Ms Knox, who now advocates for the wrongly convicted, added:
"I want to do better. I want to acknowledge the truth. Because the question isn't whether something bad is ever going to happen to you, it's what you're going to do with it."
This article first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.