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

Amanda Knox, the previous American faculty scholar who was acquitted twice in Italy over the slaying of her roommate, just isn’t pleased concerning the newest Hollywood tackle the sensational story that garnered worldwide consideration.

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

In a lengthy thread posted to Twitter and Medium Thursday, the self-described “exoneree” took intention at those that “proceed to revenue” from her title, face and story with out her consent, and commented extra broadly on how energy dynamics form a narrative.

Knox has beforehand 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 advised via a fictional twist on the 2007 homicide case, generally known as the “Amanda Knox saga.”

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

“This new movie by director Tom McCarthy, starring Matt Damon, is ‘loosely based mostly’ or ‘straight impressed by’ the ‘Amanda Knox saga,’ as Vainness Truthful put it in a for-profit article selling a for-profit movie, neither of which I’m affiliated with,” she tweeted Thursday.

“I wish to pause proper right here on that phrase: ‘the Amanda Knox saga.’ What does that confer with? Does it confer with something I did? No,” she added. “It refers back to the occasions that resulted from the homicide of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede.’”

The 34-year-old public speaker stated the “saga” ought to confer with “the shoddy police work, prosecutorial tunnel imaginative and prescient, and refusal to confess their errors” that led Italian authorities to wrongfully convict her twice. (She was lastly acquitted in 2011 — after which once more in 2015 by Italy’s highest court docket.)

“In these 4 years of wrongful imprisonment and eight years of trial, I had near-zero company,” she wrote. “Everybody else in that ‘saga’ had extra affect over occasions than I did. The misguided give attention to me by the authorities led to an misguided give attention to me by the press, which formed how I used to be seen. In jail, I had no management over my public picture, no voice in my story.”

As a result of she was the main target, Knox stated that many complained that her slain roommate, Meredith Kercher, “had been forgotten” and blamed her for that too.

“The results of that is that 15 years later, my title is the title related to this tragic collection of occasions, of which I had zero affect on. Meredith’s title is commonly neglected, as is Rudy Guede’s.”

“Stillwater” is the newest mission centering on the saga. Knox cited Lifetime’s “horrible” 2011 movie starring Hayden Panettiere that she sued the community over and the 2019 Fox authorized drama “Confirmed Harmless.” She was additionally the topic of the 2016 documentary “Amanda Knox,” which gave her and others concerned within the case the possibility to unburden themselves at size about their roles within the story.

In her Thursday assertion, she went on to select aside “Stillwater,” which she believes “erased the corruption and ineptitude of authorities.”

“By fictionalizing away my innocence, my whole lack of involvement, by erasing the function of the authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces a picture of me as a responsible and untrustworthy particular person,” she wrote.

“And with Matt Damon’s star energy, each are certain to revenue handsomely off of this fictionalization of ‘the Amanda Knox saga’ that’s certain to go away loads of viewers questioning, ‘Possibly the real-life Amanda was concerned in some way.’”

Matt Damon within the film “Stillwater.”

(Jessica Forde/Focus Options)

She stated that she understands that McCarthy and Damon “don’t have any ethical obligation” to seek the advice of her “when profiting by telling a narrative that distorts my fame in unfavourable methods.”

She additionally invited them to be interviewed on her podcast, “Labyrinths.”

“I wager we might have an enchanting dialog about identification, and public notion, and who ought to get to take advantage of a reputation, face, and story that has entered the general public creativeness,” she stated.

“I by no means requested to develop into a public particular person. The Italian authorities and world media made that selection for me. And after I was acquitted and freed, the media and the general public wouldn’t permit me to develop into a personal citizen ever once more.”

Reps for McCarthy and Damon didn’t instantly reply to The Instances’ request for remark Friday.

Instances workers author Josh Rottenberg contributed to this report.



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