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Amanda Knox Was Called a 'Whore,' Told She Had HIV in Prison

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October 11, 2011|1:00 pm

A week after American student Amanda Knox was released from an Italian prison and brought back to her native Seattle, Wash. new details have emerged on the life that Knox led while spending four years behind bars for a murder she has since been acquitted for.

Knox was convicted in 2009 for the murder of her former roommate Meredith Kercher.

With last week’s acquittal, new revelations have emerged about what Knox’s life was like behind bars, with Knox herself issuing a letter last week detailing claims of sexual harassment.

Knox explained in her letter that on several occasions, a high-ranking prison official called her into his office to talk about sex.

Knox wrote in the letter, “The official was stuck on the topic of sex, with whom I’d done it, how I liked it, if I would do it with him.”

CBS news wrote on its website, “Amanda eventually came to believe that the administrator’s real motive was to intimidate her and provoke her to say something that would support the prosecution’s theory that she as a sex-crazed killer.”

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She also detailed that on one occasion a male guard entered her cell making sexual remarks, despite a policy against guards going into female cells unattended.

Furthermore, prison officials lied to Knox telling her that she was HIV positive in order to coerce her into releasing all the names of her sexual partners. Those details were later released to Italian tabloids.

Knox’s sister, Deanna Knox told ABC News that when she visited Knox in prison she saw scribbled words stating, “Amanda is a whore.”

Some believe that the sexual harassment endured by Knox was inevitable considering the circumstances under which she was convicted.

Judy Bachrach of Vanity Fair told ABC news, “I think the Italian courts, the first time around practically made sure Amanda was going to be harassed in prison since they made her sex life so much a focus of the first trial.”

However, now that Amanda is back in the United States, her father Curt Knox believes his daughter will be ok and has said at the end of the entire ordeal, “She is almost kind of reborn in a way.”

Amanda could sue for the sexual harassment she claims she endured, however, that would require that she return to Italy, something that seems unlikely in the near future.

 

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