Convicted killer Amanda Knox has won £36,000 in damages after suing the author of a book for invading her privacy and revealing details of her sex life
Convicted killer Amanda Knox has won £36,000 ($59,500) in damages after suing the author of a book for invading her privacy and revealing details of her sex life.
Knox, who was jailed for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, launched the civil case in Milan last year while her murder trial was taking place in Perugia.
The book, Amanda and the Others, was serialized in an Italian newspaper and became an instant best-seller. Leading crime journalist Fiorenza Sarzanini used excerpts of Knox’s notebooks and diary in her book.
Knox’s lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, argued the publication of ‘Amanda’s personal and private property’ was an invasion of her privacy. The book described in detail Knox’s sex life and carried an interview with an Albanian who claimed she enjoyed wild lovemaking, but it later emerged it had been invented.
Judge Gattari ordered that the damages be paid jointly by Sarzanini and RCS Group, the publishers of newspaper Corriere Della Sera. The amount of money awarded is the same figure that Knox was ordered to pay bar owner Patrick Lumumba after she wrongly named him as the killer and was convicted of slander.
Mr Vedova said that Knox was ‘delighted’ by the outcome, adding that this ‘is the first step in the process of getting her cleared of murder in her appeal.’
Knox, 22, was given a 26-year prison sentence last December after being found guilty of murdering Ms Kercher in 2007.