Tuesday 12 December 2017

Amanda Knox: Nazi chief? She-devil? No, she’s just like Jessica Rabbit says her lawyer

Amanda Knox: defense lawyer likened her to the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit. Photo: Getty Images
Amanda Knox: defense lawyer likened her to the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit. Photo: Getty Images
The cartoon character Jessica Rabbit from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'
Raffaele Sollecito. Photo: Getty Images
Murdered British student Meredith Kercher

Independent.ie reporters

Only a few days into her appeal, and Amanda Knox has already been compared to a Nazi chief and a she-devil; but today her defense lawyer said she was most like cartoon character Jessica Rabitt.

Her defense lawyer Giulia Bongiorno described her client at the time of the crime as a faithful and loving 21-year-old, and paraphrased the line from the ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ movie, saying Miss Knox “is not bad, she's just drawn that way.” Her client had been unfairly depicted as a femme fatale, when she was in fact just in love with her then boyfriend.

Miss Knox had been portrayed as “a woman who makes slaves of men with sex” Ms Bongiorno told a packed courtroom in Perugia Italy, where Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are appealing their conviction for the murder of student Meredith Kercher (21), in what prosecutors say was a botched sex game in 2007.

Amanda Knox was subjected to a brutal character assassination as she was described as a "diabolical, Satanic, demonic she-devil," by a lawyer representing the man she initially accused of murder earlier in the appeal.

Initially she had blamed the murder on bar owner Patrick Lumumba (39), who was arrested in a dawn raid in front of his stunned wife and baby.

Knox said that she "remembered Patrick killing Meredith" and that she had stayed in the kitchen covering her "ears to drown out the screams".

Congolese-born Mr Lumumba was kept in custody for two weeks before being released and under Italian law is entitled to sue Knox and Sollecito for slander because her false statement put him in jail.

His lawyer Carlo Pacelli launched a furious tirade against her and said: "She falsely blamed Lumumba when she knew he was innocent.

"After poor Meredith, the second victim in all this is Patrick Lumumba -- Amanda destroyed him as a man, husband, father; she muddied his character.

"The woman you see before you. . . is a diabolical, Satanic, demonic she-devil, She's muddy on the outside and dirty on the inside. She has two souls, the clean one you see before you and the other."

He added: "She is borderline. She likes alcohol, drugs and she likes hot, wild sex."

As he spoke, Knox looked intently at the judge and jury. Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have denied any involvement in the murder and have insisted they were at his home all night when the murder took place.

Sollecito, from Giovinazzo near Bari, is serving 25 years. They have based their appeal on an independent court report that has dismissed the original police forensic investigation. Prosecutors said they would take the case to a third and final appeal, if Knox and Sollecito are cleared.

Following the independent report which poured scorn on the original investigation, both Knox and Sollecito have high hopes of being released when the court returns its verdict in the coming weeks.

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