“It's one thing to be called certain things in the media, and then it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil,” Knox told Sawyer.
Knox was vilified by the media almost immediately after her roommate Meredith Kercher was found dead in their shared apartment in November 2007.
Knox and Kercher were both studying abroad in Italy at the time. Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in Kercher’s death in 2009. However, Knox and Sollecito were released on appeal last year, and Knox is now home in Seattle with her family. Since then, an Italian court has ruled that Knox and Sollecito must face a new trial.
On Tuesday, Knox’s memoir, “Waiting to be Heard" was released. Knox says she is speaking out because she wants the truth to be heard.
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Sawyer asked Knox about her reportedly "strange" behavior in the moments after police arrived to the crime scene. Knox and Sollecito were reportedly observed kissing outside the apartment, and a police officer testified she saw Knox doing cartwheels in the waiting area of the police station. Knox says "these things got mischaracterized... I think everyone's reaction to something horrible is different."
Knox said that one day, she hopes to be able to pay her respects at Kercher’s grave, but only with the family’s permission.