Los Angeles (AFP)
Amanda Knox angrily complains that Matt Damon’s new film “Stillwater” – a drama about a young American jailed in Europe for a murder she insists she didn’t commit – is taking advantage of its own ordeal .
Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the 2007 murder of his British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, while the women were students there.
The trial caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic and Knox spent four years in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2015.
“Stillwater” director Tom McCarthy told Vanity Fair magazine this week that his idea was to “put the Amanda Knox case aside.”
“But let me take that part of the story – an American overseas student involved in some sort of sensational crime and she ends up in jail – and fictionalize everything around her,” he added.
Knox, now 34, broke out in a series of tweets on Thursday.
“Does my name belong to me?” My face ? What about my life? My story ? Why does my name refer to events I haven’t attended? I come back to these questions because others continue to enjoy my name, my face and my story. without my consent. Most recently the movie #STILLWATER, ”Knox wrote.
She took issue with Vanity Fair’s claim that the film is “directly inspired by the Amanda Knox saga”.
“I want to stop here on this sentence:” the Amanda Knox saga. What does this refer to? Does this refer to everything I have done? No. This refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede, ”Knox wrote.
Guede was convicted of Kercher’s murder in a separate trial in Italy in 2008. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
In “Stillwater”, Damon plays a burly American oil worker who travels to Marseille, France, to help his daughter, who is imprisoned for the murder of her lover.
Knox lambasted what she called McCarthy’s portrayal of his role in the murder.
“This story, my story, is not about an American studying abroad” involved in some sort of sensational crime “. This is an American woman NOT involved in a sensational crime, yet wrongly convicted. “
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