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Monday
Jul042011

Amanda Knox Appears in Court for TV Movie Case

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images (File Photo)(PERUGIA, Italy) -- Amanda Knox arrived at Perugia's civil court in Italy Monday for the second hearing of her case against producers of the TV movie about the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher; the murder for which she was convicted in 2009.

Her lawyers have demanded that producers of the movie, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, starring Hayden Panettiere as Knox, block its distribution in Italy and immediately remove all images and video of it from the Internet.

The producers, Lifetime TV, aired the movie in February in the United States despite opposition from Knox, Raffaele Sollecito -- Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend who was also convicted for the crime -- and Kercher's family.

Monday's half-hour, closed-door hearing was adjourned and no date for the next hearing was set. The judge, Teresa Giardino, said she would have to decide how to notify the producers of the TV movie because no legal representative had shown up for the hearing and she would then announce the next hearing date.

Knox's lawyers said in the first hearing in March that the movie had caused their client "very serious, irreparable damage" and are demanding total damages for more than $4 million. They are also requesting that Google and YouTube, both with legal representatives present Monday, take all clips from the movie off the Internet.

Knox has been in jail in Italy since November 2007 when she and Sollecito were arrested and charged with the killing in Perugia of Knox's British roommate, Kercher. Knox was convicted to 26 years in prison and Sollecito was convicted to 25 years in 2009 for the murder.

They have appealed the convictions and the appeal sentence is expected sometime in the fall.

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Friday
Mar252011

Amanda Knox Pleads with Judge to Block Lifetime Movie from TV, Web

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(ROME) -- Amanda Knox pleaded with an Italian judge Thursday to block the showing of a Lifetime movie about her murder conviction and force it to be yanked from the Internet, saying she was "very disturbed" by the movie and that it could hurt her legal appeal.

"I am distressed by this invasion into my life and the way my life is being exploited," Knox told Judge Teresa Giardino, her lawyers told reporters outside the judge's office.  The hearing was closed to the public.

"I consider it the culmination of repeated violations by the media of my person, my personality, and my story," her lawyers said Knox told the judge.  "These are all things that don't correspond to the truth."

Knox wants the judge to block the U.S. Lifetime channel movie Amanda Knox: Murder in Italy from being shown in Italy, where she is appealing her conviction of 26 years in prison for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

She also wants the film pulled from the Internet, and for any distribution of images from the film to be blocked.  Her legal team is bringing their case against YouTube and Google as well as Lifetime Entertainment.  YouTube has since removed any reference to the movie and its trailer from its website.

For Knox, Thursday's court appearance was a brief break from her prison cell.  She crossed the square from the prison van to the civil court in Piazza Matteotti in Perugia escorted by two guards, with her head down and her demeanor tense, as it has been since the appeal of her murder conviction began last November.

Knox's stepfather Chris Mellas and her friend Madison Paxton watched as Knox entered the courthouse and waited outside the office while she and her lawyers conferred with the judge, but they were not allowed to speak to her.

The hearing was quickly adjourned because representatives for the Lifetime channel, who have not yet confirmed receipt of their summons, were not present.  However, Knox did get a chance to make a personal appeal to the judge, and her lawyers presented their requests.

Knox's lawyers Carlo Dalla Vedova, Luciano Ghirga and Maria del Grosso maintain that the Lifetime movie, which aired in February in the United States, causes "very serious and irreparable damage" to their client, reported Italian news agency ANSA.´╗┐

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