In her first television interview, Amanda Knox, the exchange student who was accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, told Diane Sawyer on ABC that she "could have been more sensitive," although she uttered the statement in a "distant, remote voice,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed.
Her first interview after six years of silence and two murder trials came across as "strangely muted," the story notes. Knox proclaimed her innocence on the one-hour prime-time special, criticized the interrogation by Italian police and admitted to suicidal thoughts.
"But new to everyone was the chance to see, to hear, to evaluate Knox in person for the first time. Dressed in a light green sleeveless shift and wearing little makeup, Knox came across as composed and thoughtful, though a little remote," The Reporter notes.
The piece adds, "She cried and displayed emotion, but each time she appeared to be trying to stifle it and hold it in, as if trying to shield herself from the full horror of what happened to her."
That remoteness will work against her, the piece says. "For the average viewer, it is hard to generate much passion for Knox either way. She claims to have been wrongly convicted — or at least convicted on the basis of faulty evidence — but her remoteness makes it hard to generate sympathy for her," the story points out.
ABC continues to make the most of its exclusive with Knox. In addition to Tuesday’s prime-time special, that night’s “Nightline” was focused on the case, and Knox was scheduled to appear live today on “Good Morning America,” with still more of the Diane Sawyer interview to be featured tonight on “World News Tonight.”
“Including the pre-interview teases, ABC will have featured Knox no less than six times in three days,” THR notes.
“Her self-description as naive, innocent and immature seems accurate,” the report adds. “Most of the harshest charges against her — that she was promiscuous, that she appeared unmoved by Kercher’s death — appear as youthful folly, not malignant behavior.
“Knox frankly admits that she decided to experiment with casual sex for the first time during her year in Italy but concedes how foolish that was.”
Knox cried during the interview when Sawyer ran through a list of her nicknames in the press: "she-devil," "heartless manipulator," the "sphinx of Perugia" and so on.
“She says her seeming coldness in the immediate aftermath of Kercher’s murder reflects not indifference but the stunned uncertainty of a young person who had never been involved in anything so horrific,” the piece reports.
It adds: “She doesn’t come across as a bad person or unlikable so much as guarded and hard to know.”
Knox accuses the authorities in Italy of conning her out of getting a lawyer and badgering her into giving a false confession.
“Sawyer picks up the story, demolishing the prosecution’s case by pointing out the problems in the DNA evidence and emphasizing the guilt of Rudy Guede, a small-time criminal, who separately was convicted of the murder,” THR reports. “Most damning, Sawyer points out that Knox’s DNA was nowhere to be found in the bedroom where Kercher was killed. Guede’s DNA was everywhere, including on the victim.
”The report adds: “At the end, Sawyer asks what Knox would like to say to Kercher’s parents. ’Eventually, I hope to have their permission to pay my respects at her grave’ and tell them how much she talked about her family in the short time they were roommates.”