‘I never fought with Kercher’: Knox

American Amanda Knox said on Thursday that she was innocent of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher, claiming that the pair had "never fought" and were "becoming friends" in the weeks leading up to the student's murder.

'I never fought with Kercher': Knox
Amanda Knox in court during her 2011 appeal. Photo: Mario Laporta/AFP

Knox was sentenced in January to 28 years and six months in prison for the crime – which took place at the home she shared with Kercher in Perugia in 2007 – while her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito received a 25-year jail sentence.

Releasing their reasoning behind the conviction earlier this week, judges said that the pair had killed the British student after a fight broke out between her and Knox.

Judges said that Rudy Guede, who is currently serving a 16-year jail sentence for the murder, “behaved impolitely” towards Kercher, who interrupted an “intimate moment” between Knox and Sollecito to complain.

"The cohabitation had reached such a level of exasperation" that the argument quickly escalated, with Guede, Knox and Sollecito "collaborating to immobilize Meredith and use violence against her," the explanation said.

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But Knox on Thursday refuted the judge’s reasoning, arguing that she was developing a friendship with her housemate.

“I did not kill my friend…in the month that we were living together, we were becoming friends,” she told American TV channel CNN. “We had never fought,” Knox said.

During the trial prosecutors said that Kercher had a particularly fraught relationship with Knox, who regularly brought men back to their home for sex and left vibrators lying around.

But Knox this week said that while “maybe Meredith was a little bit uncomfortable about certain issues of hygiene…these were not issues that were going to ever lead to any kind of violence.”

“They never led to any kind of aggressive communication between us,” Knox said.

Judges, however, argued that DNA evidence links her and the two men to the scene, with Knox wielding the knife which killed Kercher.

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‘I am afraid’: Amanda Knox breaks down at Italy forum

Amanda Knox told an Italian legal forum Saturday she feared "harassment" and "new accusations" four years after she was acquitted of the gruesome killing of her British housemate.

'I am afraid': Amanda Knox breaks down at Italy forum
Acquitted murder suspect Amanda Knox broke down at the "Trial by Media" session at the Criminal Justice Festival in the northern city of Modena. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
Knox, from Seattle, spent four years behind bars after the half-naked body of fellow exchange student Meredith Kercher was found on November 2, 2007 in a bedroom of the apartment they shared in the central Italian city of Perugia.
Now, the 31-year-old is controversially back in Italy for a discussion panel entitled “Trial by Media” at the Criminal Justice Festival in the northern city of Modena.
“To tell the truth I am afraid, afraid of being harassed, insulted, afraid of being trapped and new accusations being directed at me,” Knox said.
“I have come back because it was something I had to do — there was a time when I felt at home in this beautiful country and I hope one day to recapture this feeling,” Knox, speaking in Italian, told the forum, her voice often close to breaking.
Amanda Knox said that her return to Italy was 'something I had to do'. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
'Many think I am wicked'
“I know that, despite my acquittal, I remain a controversial figure in the face of public opinion, especially here in Italy. I know many people think I am wicked,” said the American.
“Some have even suggested that by being here I am once again traumatising the Kercher family and profaning Meredith's memory,” she went on. “They are wrong,” she insisted.
“The fact I continue to be held responsible for the Kerchers' pain shows how powerful false narratives can be and how they can undermine justice, especially when reinforced and amplified by the media,” said Knox.
The conference has been organised by a group of Modena lawyers and the Italy Innocence Project, which focuses “on the issues related to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice”.
“The Italy Innocence Project didn't yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia,” Knox tweeted in May.
From the outset, her case sparked lurid headlines in Britain and Knox's hometown of Seattle, Washington.
Prosecutors described the murder as a drug-fuelled sex game gone awry involving Knox, her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian drifter, Rudy Guede.
Sollecito was acquitted alongside Knox, but Guede was convicted in a separate “fast track” trial and is serving a 16-year jail term in Italy.
Defence lawyers argued their clients could not get a fair trial because of the media frenzy over the murder, with lurid headlines seizing on the young US student's nickname “Foxy Knoxy”.
Knox left Italy after she was acquitted on appeal in 2011.
In an essay published online on Wednesday, she recalled fleeing the country “in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad's rental car”.
Knox's sentence was raised to 28 years in prison when her conviction was upheld in 2014, though both she and Sollecito were finally acquitted by Italy's top court the following year and she returned home to work as a journalist and commentator.