The world was shocked when Amanda Knox was found guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in an Italian retrial on Jan. 30. The next day, Amanda sat down with ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Robin Roberts for an extremely raw, emotional interview.
Amanda Knox has been living in freedom since 2011, so she was understandably devastated when she was re-convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher by the Italian justice system on Jan. 30. A very emotional Amanda held back tears as she sat down with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts the next day, discussing her feelings on the verdict, her chances of going back to Italy, her current relationship with Raffaele Sollecito, and her recent interactions with the Kercher family. Check out what Amanda had to say — and view the two videos from the interview — below the jump.
Amanda Knox’s Emotional ‘GMA’ Interview: ‘I’m Not Crazy’
Amanda looked solemn and tearful as she sat down with Robin at GMA. Robin began by asking Amanda about her first response to the verdict, which was — understandably — shock.
“I was with my family, and I actually was able to find an Italian TV station online,” Amanda said. “I couldn’t help myself. I was thinking, ‘I’m going to wait for my lawyers to call me and tell me,’ but I needed to hear it for myself. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My whole family was there and I was listening — I’m the only one who knows Italian, so I’m trying to listen and then tell them. [Now] I’m finally going through waves of emotion in response to it. My first reaction was, ‘No, this is wrong. I’m going to do everything I can to prove that it is.’ I felt very determined, and my family felt very determined. It was only on my way here that I got my first cry. I talked to [Father Saulo Scarabattoli], the priest from the prison. We stayed in contact. He reminded me that people still believe in me. This is an experience that I have to testify to. That really horrible things can happen, and you have to stand up for yourself and you have to believe that it’s going to be okay.”
Robin then asked if she was prepared to go back to Italy.
“I’m not,” Amanda replied. “Before that ever happens, we have to go to the Supreme Court. We have to understand the motivation behind what happened, and that happens within 90 days. I don’t even know what [the Italian court's] motivation could be. This really has hit me like a train. I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before, how could they [now] say that it’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?”
Amanda broke down and cried at this point, and Robin quickly asked her what would happen if she was forced to go back to Italy.
“I will never go willingly back to the place where I … I’m going to fight this until the very end,” she said. “It’s not right. It’s not fair. And I’m going to do everything I can. Granted, I need a lot of help. I can’t do this on my own. I can’t help people understand this on my own. There are people who know better than I do the way these systems work, and the way that there was this entirely preventable thing that happened that was systematic. I really hope that people try to understand that when you have overzealous prosecutors and when you have a biased investigation and coercive interrogations, these things happen. I’m not crazy. It puts you in a position where you feel like…”
Amanda started crying again at this point, and Robin brought up Meredith Kercher’s family. Robin said that while many people support Amanda, Meredith’s family claimed during a press conference that the letter Amanda claimed to have sent them was never received.
“I already sent it,” Amanda said. “I sent it to my lawyer. It’s in the mail. I want them to know that I really understand that this is incredibly difficult. They’ve also been on this never-ending thing, when the case has been messed up so much… a verdict is no longer consolation for them. The very fact that they don’t know what happened is horrible. The thing that people really want when they’ve been victimized is just simple acknowledgment, and they deserve respect and the consolation of some simple acknowledgment, and that’s being lost. I really wish them the best.”
Next, Robin brought up the fact that Raffaele was caught allegedly fleeing the Italian border last night, and asked Amanda for her thoughts on her embattled ex.
“My initial thought after the verdict was, ‘Oh my God Raffaele,'” she responded. “I feel very supported and very respected and believed here, and I know that he feels supported and respected by many people in Italy, but he is vulnerable. I don’t know what I would do if they imprisoned him. It’s maddening.”
Finally, stretched for time, Robin asked Amanda for her final thoughts.
“I just really hope that people look beyond me in this case, and look to what has happened,” she said. “Really look at the people, really look at the situation, really look at the systems. Really look at the aspects of these systems that allowed for these things to happen, so that it’s comprehensible. The only way that any of us can get any sort of acknowledgement and consolation is through understanding. I understand that this is really difficult, and I can only testify to what happened to me, and hope that people believe me, but I think the answers are out there. I really, really ask that people try to look for those.”
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– Shaunna Murphy