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‘Who wins in a trial like this? Not Depp. Not Heard’: Amanda Knox weighs in on defamation trial

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Amanda Knox has said neither Johnny Depp nor Amber Heard will truly win in the feuding ex’s defamation trial ‘spectacle’ because their ‘trauma, pain and ugliness’ has been paraded before millions of people.

Knox, 34, who has faced public backlash more than a decade after she was wrongfully convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher in Italy, said she feels sorry for Heard and Depp declaring they have also faced the public’s ‘unforgiving and unaccountable judgement’.

The American said she is ‘still dealing with the psychological trauma of the public shaming she endured’ during her sensational trial over the murder of Kercher, 21, that made international headlines.

Knox said that high-profile trials can no longer happen without the public ‘speculating, accusing, slandering, threatening… and objectifying’ those on trial for their ‘own moral crusades’.

Writing in the Independent in an op-ed, Knox wrote: ‘Who wins in a trial like this? Not Depp. Not Heard. Not us.     

‘But can’t we condemn the spectacle and yet still sift the evidence to arrive at our conclusions about the guilt and innocence of these two human beings whose trauma and pain and ugliness has been paraded before us? 

Amanda Knox, 34, who has faced public backlash more than a decade after she was wrongfully convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher in Italy, said she feels sorry for Heard and Depp as they have also faced the public's 'unforgiving and unaccountable judgement'. Pictured: Knox escorted by police officers during her trial in Italy in 2008

Amanda Knox, 34, who has faced public backlash more than a decade after she was wrongfully convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher in Italy, said she feels sorry for Heard and Depp as they have also faced the public’s ‘unforgiving and unaccountable judgement’. Pictured: Knox escorted by police officers during her trial in Italy in 2008

‘I’m not going to tell you my opinion on the Depp v Heard trial. My opinion is just that, an opinion, and it doesn’t matter. And frankly, neither does yours.’

The defamation trial revolves around a 2018 Washington Post op-ed written by Heard where she referred to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’. Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million, alleging defamation in the op-ed whilst Heard has countersued for defamation for $100 million from the actor.

The couple married in a private civil ceremony at their LA home in February 2015 but after just 15 months of marriage, Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. 

Knox spoke of the ‘psychological trauma’ she endured during her murder trial in Italy and said that no one should have to face public judgement. 

She wrote: ‘I am still dealing with the psychological trauma of the public shaming I’ve endured. It’s no small thing.’ 

Knox added: ‘No one, not even the privileged and wealthy, should have to face such unforgiving and unaccountable judgment. That feeling, and it is not a good feeling, is the feeling of our collective gaze. 

‘It can’t happen without us speculating, accusing, slandering, threatening, think-piecing, and objectifying these human beings for our own moral crusades.’

Knox pointed to how social media 'bots' have amplified pro-Depp stories and that the rhetoric against Heard (pictured) has become 'more violent' now that credible evidence has emerged in the trial in the actress's favor

Knox pointed to how social media ‘bots’ have amplified pro-Depp stories and that the rhetoric against Heard (pictured) has become ‘more violent’ now that credible evidence has emerged in the trial in the actress’s favor

She said that during Heard and Depp’s defamation trial, which is set to come to an end on Friday after weeks of sparring, there has been a ‘special kind of rancor’ directed at Heard.

Knox pointed to how social media ‘bots’ have amplified pro-Depp stories and that the rhetoric against Heard has become ‘more violent’ now that credible evidence has emerged in the trial in the actress’s favor.

She also pointed to how two people were removed from the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, at the beginning of the trial because they had made violent online threats against Heard.

‘As someone who’s received plenty of death threats, I can tell you that, while it’s a fairly safe assumption that most are empty rhetoric fueled by rageful echo chambers, misinformation, and anonymity, you never know,’ Knox wrote. ‘And that slim chance is terrifying.’

Knox said that Depp was 'shamed and vilified on a global scale by a public that had very little information about what actually occurred'

Knox said that Depp was ‘shamed and vilified on a global scale by a public that had very little information about what actually occurred’

Knox also said that Depp has been vilified by the public as well. She said that the ‘culture turned against Depp’ in 2020 after he failed in his libel lawsuit against The Sun newspaper, which had called him a ‘wife-beater’, and in the wake of Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she referred to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’.

Knox said that Depp was ‘shamed and vilified on a global scale by a public that had very little information about what actually occurred’. ‘I felt for Johnny Depp in that moment,’ she wrote.

Last year, Knox and her husband Christopher Robinson detailed how the media scrutiny during the murder trial in Italy left her with no chance of living a normal life.

Robinson explained that she gets daily messages from ‘people calling her a killer and a whore, saying, ‘Are you going to murder your baby?” He refers to them as ‘the guilters.’   

Knox was thrust into the spotlight when her roommate Kercher, 21, was sexually assaulted and killed in a brutal attack in the apartment they shared in the Italian city of Perugia in November 2007.

Prosecutors accused Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of murdering Kercher with the help of Rudy Guede, a local from the Ivory Coast who had grown up in Perugia.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder in 2009 and given sentences of 26 years and 25 years, respectively.

They had spent a total of nearly four years behind bars when they were acquitted in 2011 after an appeals court found that legal procedures had not been followed and there was no DNA tying either of them to the scene.

She returned to her home in Seattle, Washington, but the nightmare was far from over. Her acquittal was overturned a few years later, and she was tried again in absentia and convicted of the murder for a second time.

Knox and Sollecito were fully exonerated by Italy’s highest court in 2015.

Guede was convicted in a separate trial after his DNA was found on Kercher’s body and in the room where she died. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2008 but was released on probation in December 2020.

Last year, Guede was freed on good behavior after he served 13 years in prison. 

Despite being the only known killer, Guede’s involvement has always been overshadowed by the speculation surrounding Knox, who was merely Kercher’s roommate.

The media dubbed her ‘Foxy Knoxy’ — an old nickname from when she played soccer — and she was portrayed as being a ‘sex-mad American party girl’ and an ‘evil temptress.’

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