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Amanda Knox: 'Female inmate tried to seduce me when I was in prison'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/2/2017 Rashid Razaq
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Amanda Knox has opened up about her time in prison, revealing how a fellow inmate tried to seduce her while other convicts stayed away from her because of her notoriety.

Miss Knox, 29, spent four years in Capanne prison in Umbria, Italy, after being found guilty of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007.

The American was cleared by Italy’s supreme court in 2015 and returned home. She shared details of her incarceration in an essay entitled “What Romance in Prison Actually Looks Like” for the website Broadly.

Ms Knox told how she befriend a small-time drug dealer, who she calls “Leny”, but then rebuffed her sexual advances.

“She’d think I was playing hard to get. One day, Leny kissed me..It was bad enough that the prison institution took ownership of my body - that I was caged and strip-searched on a regular basis and had already been sexually harassed by the male guards,” wrote Ms Knox.

The American said she broke off the friendship with Leny and was reserved around other inmates.

“I didn’t really have friends in prison,” she adds.

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