Amanda Knox has opened up about how she was pursued by a woman during her time at Capanne prison near Perugia in central Italy.
The 29-year-old American has written about how a fellow inmate, named ‘Leny’ in the piece, attempted to seduce her, saying; “I can do things to you that no man can.”
Knox spent four years in the jail for the 2007 murder of her room-mate Meredith Kercher, found stabbed in her bedroom in the house she shared in Perugia with American student Knox.
Knox was originally sentenced to 26 years in prison, along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito who got 25 years.
But, after a series of convictions and acquittal, they were ultimately exonerated of the murder by Italy’s top criminal tribunal, the Court of Cassation.
She now writes for the website Broadly and contributed to their ‘Love is a Hoax’ series, which promised to debunk the myths and lies about romance.
In a first-person piece, entitled “Amanda Knox: What Romance in Prison Actually Looks Like“, Knox said she was thankful for the support of her family and friends as it meant she didn’t “need relationships in prison as much as other inmates did”.
However, herself and Leny became “almost-friends”.
“I was cautiously friendly. We walked the perimeter together. She told me she was a lesbian and I told her I was straight.”
She said she taught Leny how to play chess and they shared CDs.
“When Leny got a janitorial job, she loitered outside my cell for a sip of espresso and a chat whenever she was on break,” she wrote.
“Leny didn’t have anyone else, so she looked forward to our time together.”
However, Knox said the mood changed when Leny attempted to hold her hand one day and Knox refused.
“’I’ve changed women before,’ she’d tell me. ‘I can do things to you that no man can.’
“I felt objectified and I’d get annoyed.
“‘You can’t change me,’ I’d respond.”
Knox described how she felt violated when Leny kissed her, as she already felt the prison had taken “ownership of my body” following regular strip searches and sexual harassment by the prison guards.
“As a prisoner, Leny should have understood that, but unlike me, Leny was serving a short stint, and didn’t feel as acutely as I did the loss of privacy, dignity, and autonomy.”
The murder of Meredith Kercher and the subsequent court trials still hit headlines around the world.
More recently, an appeals court in Florence rejected a bid for a new trial and possible acquittal of the only person convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher.
Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian, is serving a 16-year sentence for the murder of Ms Kercher.
Guede was in court for the court’s decision, after an hour’s deliberation.
When the Cassation court upheld Guede’s conviction in 2010, it ruled he did not act alone but did not name any accomplices.
His lawyers argued that conclusion conflicts with the acquittals of Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito.
Italy’s justice system involves two levels of appeals. Convictions are not considered final until all appeals are exhausted, a process that can take years.
Revising final verdicts is extremely rare in Italy.
The Florence court did not elaborate on why it rejected Guede’s bid.
His lawyer, Tommaso Pietrocarlo, said the defence will consider appealing to the Cassation court on the same issue that failed to persuade the lower level tribunal.
Guede has always denied killing Ms Kercher.
He was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, reduced on a previous appeal to 16 years.
Last year, for good behaviour behind bars, Guede was allowed an overnight stay at a house run by volunteers assisting inmates.
In a case closely followed in the United States, Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito steadfastly proclaimed their innocence.
Their judicial saga included time in prison following convictions, and release after an acquittal, before being definitively acquitted of the murder in 2015.