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Amanda Knox accuses Matt Damon, Tom McCarthy's 'Stillwater' of profiting off her name

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Amanda Knox, the former American college student who was acquitted twice in Italy over the slaying of her roommate, is not happy about the latest Hollywood take on the sensational story that garnered worldwide attention.

She’s taking aim at Tom McCarthy’s new dramatic thriller “Stillwater” — starring Matt Damon, Camille Cottin and Abigail Breslin — that is loosely based on the Italian murder case.

In a lengthy thread posted to Twitter and Medium Thursday, the self-described “exoneree” took aim at those who “continue to profit” from her name, face and story without her consent, and commented more broadly on how power dynamics shape a story.

Knox has previously accused the media of building a false story around her.

The France-set “Stillwater,” which opened Friday, was co-written by McCarthy and is an exploration of the stereotype of the “ugly American” as told through a fictional twist on the 2007 murder case, commonly referred to as the “Amanda Knox saga.”

It’s that ubiquitous phrasing with Knox’s name that irked her.

 

“This new film by director Tom McCarthy, starring Matt Damon, is ‘loosely based’ or ‘directly inspired by’ the ‘Amanda Knox saga,’ as Vanity Fair put it in a for-profit article promoting a for-profit film, neither of which I am affiliated with,” she tweeted Thursday.

“I want to pause right here on that phrase: ‘the Amanda Knox saga.’ What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No,” she added. “It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede.’”

The 34-year-old public speaker said the “saga” should refer to “the shoddy police work, prosecutorial tunnel vision, and refusal to admit their mistakes” that led Italian authorities to wrongfully convict her twice. (She was finally acquitted in 2011 — and then again in 2015 by Italy’s highest court.)

“In those four years of wrongful imprisonment and 8 years of trial, I had near-zero agency,” she wrote. “Everyone else in that ‘saga’ had more influence over events than I did. The erroneous focus on me by the authorities led to an erroneous focus on me by the press, which shaped how I was viewed. In prison, I had no control over my public image, no voice in my story.”

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