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Friday
Mar162012

Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend Signs Book Deal

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Raffaele Sollecito, the former Italian boyfriend of Amanda Knox, who was found guilty with the Seattle woman in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher only to see their convictions overturned last year, has signed a deal to write a book about his experiences.

It was just last month that Knox got a $4 million book deal from Harper Collins to describe her ordeal in an Italian jail.  That memoir isn't expected to be published until mid-2013.

Sollecito already has a title for his book, Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox, that will arrive in stores this fall.

Publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced that the book "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."

It wasn't immediately known how much Sollecito will be paid for his literary efforts.

This latest development could make things interesting during a possible reunion of the former couple when Sollecito goes on a job interview Friday in Seattle with computer giant Microsoft.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

Amanda Knox’s Former Boyfriend to Visit Seattle

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- A reunion between Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, the man with whom she spent four years with in an Italian prison on murder charges, could happen as early as this week.

Sollecito, 27, will be in Knox’s hometown of Seattle for a job interview this Friday with an Eastside tech company, said to be computer giant Microsoft, ABC News has learned.

While it remains unclear whether Sollecito has made plans to see Knox, 24, the reunion would mark the first time the two have seen each other since they were freed from a prison outside Perugia, Italy, last October.

The romance between Sollecito, an Italian, and Knox was cut short when both were arrested in November 2007 for the stabbing death of Knox’s 21-year-old British college roommate, Meredith Kercher.  They were convicted of the murder in 2009 and Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito got 25 years.

Their sentences and convictions were overturned last year and both were freed from prison.  Italian prosecutors are trying to have the conviction reinstated.

These days, both Sollecito and Knox are seeing other people.  Sollecito is dating an Italian volleyball player, while Knox is seeing James Terrano, a friend from college.

Knox returned to Seattle after her release where she has resumed attending college and working to complete a book about her trial and imprisonment in Italy.  She signed a $4 million deal with HarperCollins in February for the still-untitled book, expected to be released in early 2013.

Sollecito, an IT student whom Knox met while in Italy as an exchange student, finished his computer science degree in prison.

Reports say that Sollecito also plans to meet with his Seattle-based book agent while in the U.S.  He had planned to meet with supporters at a residence near Bellevue, Wash., but sources tell ABC News that meeting has been cancelled.

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Tuesday
Feb222011

Amanda Knox's Family Contests Movie's Accuracy

Photo Courtesy - Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The directors of the Lifetime channel's Amanda Knox movie may have employed some artistic license, but some people might call them whoppers.

Billed as "based on a true story," the film which aired Monday night, drew the ire of the Knox family, who lashed out at Lifetime in a statement released Tuesday for what they see as "a selfish, profit-making motive behind their decision... The story they have told is riddled with a multitude of inaccuracies and we are deeply upset at its airing."

The film, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, also upset the family of the murder victim, Meredith Kercher, and Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was convicted of murder along with Knox.

The lawyer for Meredith Kercher's family, Francesco Maresca called the movie "inopportune and inappropriate."

"Because the appeal trial is ongoing, and because Meredith's family has expressed its desire more than once to be allowed to remember her far from the media," Maresca said.

Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, told Italian news agency ANSA Tuesday that his client was "disgusted" after having seen parts of the Lifetime movie in his prison cell.

Sollecito's lawyers have also sent warnings to Lifetime in recent days.  "If someone has acted wrongly, now they will pay because the film offended the memory of the victim and offers an incorrect reconstruction of events," Maori told ANSA.

Filmmakers blended the facts of the case, and actual statements from Knox and other trial testimony, with some new interpretations of the events in the hillside cottage three years ago that led to Kercher's death and Knox and Sollecito's conviction.  Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito got 25 years.

At least 15 scenes or lines are false or fabricated. 

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