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Hayden Panettiere will play Amanda Knox for Lifetime flick

Hayden Panettiere will play Amanda Knox  Following a role in fictional slasher flick "Scream 4," Hayden Panettiere will next star in a real-life horror story. 

Amanda-knox The young blond, left, has been cast as Amanda Knox, right, the American college student convicted of murdering her roommate while studying abroad in Italy, in an original movie for Lifetime Television.

"The Amanda Knox Story" will hit the cable station in mid-2011, directed by Robert Dornhelm, who has headed biopics on the likes of Anne Frank and Rudy Giuliani.

The Knox case was a cable news sensation in the U.S., beginning November 2007 in the university town of Perugia, Italy, when Knox's roommate Meredith Kercher was found dead, choked and stabbed with signs of sexual assault prior to her demise.

The resulting trial scandalized the town and inspired a wave of American pundit support for Knox, who became tabloid fodder for her oft-bizarre courtroom behavior. (International media described ...

... her as remorseless and emotionally disconnected from the tragedy.) Knox maintained she was innocent.

In December 2009, Knox was convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Appeals were filed in April 2010. 

Will you watch "The Amanda Knox Story"? Sound off in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Hayden Panettiere, left, in 2009. Amanda Knox, right, in court in Italy on Nov. 21, 2009. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press, left; Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press, right

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No intention on watching it.Hayden Panettiere is tremendous young actress but the subjective matter has already been covered by the media, 20/20, Dateline, etc. and suspect nothing new will happen before the film is completed.

I don't know how they can do the story when it's not finishished yet? There is still an appeal and if she loses that one yet another appeal. I have fear they will take the points view at this point and do a movie that says she is guilty. She is clearly wrongfully convicted and any movie should show this. I wish they would put the movie off until all the appeals have been completed.

Did she sell the rights to this story? I'm guessing no. Whatever the movie is, just remember, they are making it up, and acting in roles, it's not real life!

"who became tabloid fodder for her oft-bizarre courtroom behavior"? She was tabloid fodder the minute that her roommate was murdered; the British and Italian tabloids vilified her. Her "bizarre" behavior is a matter of perspective. The Italians wanted her to go all operatic. She failed their test and they sent her to prison.

Lifetime movies suck. Why do you even bother writing about them? Further why am I wasting my time commenting?

I don't get how they can make a movie when justice is not served and she has returned to the United States.

Making a movie before the legal qustion is decided will maybe provoke them to let the appeal trial be just as much a show trial as the original trial was.

You are right, there is a lot to come..

* the appeal
* the acquittal
* the release of Knox
* The apology by Rocco Girlanda
* The charge against the landlord for the criminal act of renting a house with an unfit front door lock (reckless endangerment)
* The purchase of three computers for the three that the "Italian Experts" destroyed
* The disgrace of Barbie Latza Nadeau
* The visit of Know to Meredith 's grave site
* The apology by the Kercher's for misjudging
* The release of "L'Ultima Citta", the file made in Capanne staring Knox in 2007-08 (Protested by the Kercher's)
* The appeal and sentencing of Magnini and the other criminal Perugian policeman
* The civil case brought by Knox against the Italian Justice system in the World Court
* The graduation of Amanda Knox from U of W

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were unanimously found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher because the evidence against them was overwhelming.

They repeatedly told the police a pack of lies in the days after Meredith's murder.

On 5 November 2007, Knox and Sollecito were confronted with proof that they had lied and were given another opportunity to tell the truth. However, they both chose to tell the police even more lies.

Sollecito's new alibi was shattered by computer forensic evidence and his mobile phone records.

Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite knowing full well that he was completely innocent. She didn't recant her false and malicious allegation against Lumumba the whole time he was in prison. She admitted that it was her fault that Lumumba was in prison in an intercepted conversation with her mother.

Knox's account of what happened on 2 November 2007 is contradicted by her mobile phone records.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito both gave multiple conflicting alibis. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis for the night of the murder despite three attempt each. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox's alibi that she was at his apartment.

Rudy Guede's bloody footprints led straight out of Meredith's room and out of the house. He didn't lock Meredith's door, remove his trainers, go into Filomena's room or the bathroom that Meredith and Knox shared.

He didn't scale the vertical wall outside Filomena's room or gain access through the window. The break-in was clearly staged. This indicates that somebody who lived at the cottage was trying to deflect attention away from themselves and give the impression that a stranger had broken in and killed Meredith.

Guede had no reason to stage the break-in and there was no physical evidence that he went into Filomena's room.

The scientific police found a mixture of Amanda Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood on the floor.

There was no physical evidence that Rudy Guede went into the blood-spattered bathroom. However, the scientific police found irrefutable proof that Knox and Sollecito tracked Meredith's blood into this bathroom.

Amanda Knox’s DNA was found mingled with Meredith’s blood in three different places in the bathroom: on the ledge of the basin, on the bidet, and on a box of Q Tips cotton swabs. Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood had united into one single streak on the basin and bidet which means they were deposited simultaneously.

Sollecito left a visible bloody footprint on the blue bathmat.

According to two imprint experts, the woman's bloody shoeprint on the pillow under Meredith's body matched Knox's foot size. The bloody shoeprint was incompatible with Meredith's shoe size.

Knox's and Sollecito's bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s DNA was found mixed together in one of the bloody footprints.

An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito's DNA was found on Meredith's bra clasp. Sollecito must have applied considerable pressure to the clasp in order to have left so much DNA. The hooks on the clasp were damaged which confirms that Sollecito had gripped them tightly.

Amanda Knox's DNA was found on the handle of the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts - Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo and Professor Francesca Torricelli - categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade.

Sollecito knew that Meredith's DNA was on the blade which is why he twice lied about accidentally pricking her hand whilst cooking.

The defence experts were unable to prove that there had been any contamination. Alberto Intini, head of the Italian police forensic science unit, pointed out that unless contamination has been proved, it does not exist.

Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she involved in Meredith's murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. She stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed.

The English translation of Judge Massei's sentencing report can be downloaded from here:


The prosecution of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito by the Perugian justice system is a travesty of justice. Please note:

IMPROBABLE PARTICIPANTS – Amanda does not fit the profile of a killer; she doesn’t even fit the profile of a person capable of ANY violence. Knox/Sollecito quite obviously did not commit this murder.

MOTIVE – None; marijuana does not induce aggression

ALIBI – A 9:30 pm probable time of death (based on time of last meal, autopsy stomach contents, and victim’s phone activity) precludes the presence of Knox/Sollecito because of known activity on Raffaele’s computer


NO UNEXPECTED EVIDENCE OF PRESENCE OUTSIDE THE BLOODY BEDROOM – They found Amanda's DNA in her own bathroom? Astounding!

KNIVE, BRA CLASP, LUMINOL FOOTPRINTS, BATHMAT FOOTPRINT – ‘Evidence’ so dubious (or devious) that the prosecution contrived to withhold testing information; ‘evidence’ so dubious (or devious) that the prosecution continues to withhold testing information; ‘evidence’ so dubious (or devious) that the prosecution contrived to falsify amounts and measurements.

NO CREDITABLE WITNESSES -- The shopkeeper’s testimony is disputed by four other people; the homeless man’s testimony provides an alibi with the 9:30 pm time of death; the scream Nara claimed to hear at 11:30 pm is at odds with known activity and the probable time of death.


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