Amanda Knox Book, Interview Still Set for April 30 Despite Italian Court Ruling
Amanda Knox's publisher HarperCollins reiterated that plans for the publication of her memoir Waiting to Be Heard remain unchanged in the wake of a ruling by the Italian high court vacating her acquittal for the murder of her roommate and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.
"As planned, HarperCollins will publish Amanda Knox’s book, Waiting to Be Heard, on April 30, 2013, and will move forward with the interviews that we have scheduled," said HarperCollins spokesperson Tina Andreadis.
ABC is scheduled to air Knox's first broadcast interview, which will be conducted by Diane Sawyer, the night of April 30.
An ABC spokesman confirmed that the interview, which has not yet been recorded, is still scheduled to air on a special primetime broadcast that night.
HarperCollins has closely guarded the contents of Knox's book, and details remain scarce. Sources with knowledge of the book say it offers a complete look at her story, including new information about her time in jail and the legal case.
Waiting to Be Heard is expected to be one of the biggest books of the spring. HarperCollins paid a reported $4 million for the book.
It is unclear how news of a possible retrial will affect public perception of Knox and sales of the memoir.
Her 2011 acquittal made her a sympathetic figure, and marketing of her seemed to hinge on the idea of an innocent person wronged. Public doubts about her innocence might hurt book sales.
Knox, from the Seattle area, had just recently arrived in Perugia, Italy, for a study-abroad program when her British roommate Meredith Kercher was found murdered in their small bungalow. Police charged Knox, her new boyfriend Rafaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast resident living in the city, with the murder.
They were convicted of the crime in December 2009, with Knox receiving a 26-year term and Sollecito 25 years.
In a separate trial, Guede received a 16-year sentence.
Knox and Sollecito's conviction was overturned on appeal in October 2011, when their lawyers raised questions about the evidence, and the pair were freed.
Guede remains in jail.
Knox returned to Seattle, where she maintains a low profile.
Italian prosecutors appealed the acquittal to Italy's highest court, resulting in Tuesday's decision. A lower court will now take up the question of whether Knox and Sollecito should be retried.
Knox did not attend today's hearing and is unlikely to attend a new trial. Even if Knox is retried and Italy requested her extradition, legal experts raised doubts about whether the U.S. would comply with the request.