LONDON — U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV’s early morning show Daybreak landed the first British interview with Amanda Knox ahead of a retrial over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox, talking to ITV’s flagship show via satellite link from her hometown of Seattle, talked of her retrial fears, how she would be prepared to take a lie detector test and her hope that Kercher’s family might one day consider her innocence.
With ITV billing the interview as a British exclusive, Knox spoke about the aftermath of her story on live TV Monday morning.
In 2007, the Seattle college student and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were accused of murdering her British roommate, Kercher. A conviction was overturned in 2011, and Knox and Sollecito both returned home. Now the case has been reopened by the Italian supreme court.
Knox told the British show she hoped Kercher’s family could “eventually take into consideration even the possibility of my innocence.”
She said: “I want them to understand that Meredith really was my friend. She was very kind to me, and I had nothing to do with her murder. I am truly innocent, and I truly believe that the only way that any of us are going to be able to heal from any of this is if we come together and acknowledge the pain that we have all gone through.”
When asked why she wasn’t traveling back to Italy for the retrial, Knox described it as being “everything to fear.”
She explained, “I have plenty to fear because I was already imprisoned wrongfully. I was already convicted wrongfully. This is everything to fear. This, as an innocent person, is the ultimate nightmare.”
The 26-year-old, who has always maintained her innocence, also said she was trying to rebuild her life after the “ultimate nightmare” of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned over the Kercher killing in November of 2007.
Knox told Daybreak she would face a lie detector test to prove she was not involved in the killing.
“A lie detector test — I would be fine with that,” Knox said.
Her appearance sparked headlines across British national press websites and other news outlets.