Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito Inks Book Deal
Amanda Knox likely got more money, but Raffaele Sollecito is going to hit bookstores first.
Sollecito, the onetime boyfriend of Knox, the American college student who spent four years in an Italian jail for the murder of her roommate before being exonerated, has landed a book deal to tell his side of the story.
Simon & Schuster said that it has acquired Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox for publication by its Gallery Books imprint in the fall.
Knox signed a reported $4 million deal with HarperCollins in February to tell her version of the story in a book scheduled for 2013.
Sollecito also was convicted of the November 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, where she and Knox were both exchange students.
Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the murder in 2009. In October, an Italian court overturned the conviction. Knox returned to her home in Seattle. Sollecito stayed in his native Italy.
Gallery's announcement called Sollecito an "unwilling participant in the case" and promised that he "will finally tell his side of the story -- from his first meeting with Amanda Knox to his arrest, prison time, subsequent release and current relationship with the woman he stood by through the worst ordeal of both their lives."
Sollecito will collaborate with British journalist Andrew Gumbel, whose upcoming Oklahoma City explores the 1995 terrorist bombing.
Sharlene Martin represented Sollecito in the deal.