‘Who wins in a trial like this? Not Depp. Not Heard’: Amanda Knox weighs in on defamation trial
Amanda Knox has said that neither Johnny Depp nor Amber Heard will actually win the ‘spectacle’ of the former feud’s libel trial because their ‘trauma, pain and ugliness’ have been paraded before millions of people.
Knox, 34, who has faced public backlash more than a decade after being wrongfully convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher in Italy, said she felt sorry for Heard and Depp and stated who have also faced “relentless and irresponsible” public opinion. judgment’.
The American said she is “still dealing with the psychological trauma of the public shaming she endured” during her sensational trial for the murder of 21-year-old Kercher, which made international news.
Knox said high-profile trials can no longer take place without the public “speculating, accusing, slandering, threatening…and objectifying” those on trial for their “own moral crusades.”
writing on the Independent in an op-ed, Knox wrote: ‘Who wins in a trial like this? Not Depp. Not heard. We do not.
‘But can we not condemn the spectacle and still sift through the evidence to reach our conclusions about the guilt and innocence of these two human beings whose trauma, pain and ugliness have been paraded before us?
Amanda Knox, 34, who has faced public backlash more than a decade after being wrongfully convicted of the 2007 murder of British college student Meredith Kercher in Italy, said she felt sorry for Heard and Depp, as they have also faced “relentless and unrelenting” public opinion. inexplicable sentence. Pictured: Knox escorted by police officers during her trial in Italy in 2008
I’m not going to give you my opinion on the Depp v. Heard trial. My opinion is just that, an opinion, and it doesn’t matter. And frankly, neither does yours.
The defamation trial revolves around a 2018 Washington Post op-ed written by Heard in which she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million, alleging defamation in the op-ed, while Heard has countersued for $100 million defamation of the actor.
The couple married in a private civil ceremony at their Los Angeles home in February 2015, but after just 15 months of marriage, Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Depp over allegations of domestic violence.
Knox spoke of the “psychological trauma” he suffered during his murder trial in Italy and said no one should have to face a public trial.
She wrote: ‘I am still dealing with the psychological trauma of the public shaming I have endured. It is not a small thing.
Knox added: ‘No one, not even the privileged and wealthy, should have to face such a ruthless and irresponsible judgment. That feeling, and it’s not a good feeling, is the feeling of our collective gaze.
‘It cannot happen without us speculating, accusing, slandering, threatening, meditating and objectifying these human beings for our own moral crusades.’
Knox noted how pro-Depp stories have been amplified by social media ‘bots’ and that the rhetoric against Heard (pictured) has become ‘more violent’ now that credible evidence has emerged at trial in favor of Depp. actress.
She said that during Heard and Depp’s libel trial, which is due to end on Friday after weeks of fighting, there has been a “special kind of grudge” directed at Heard.
Knox noted how social media ‘bots’ have amplified pro-Depp stories and that the rhetoric against Heard has become “more violent” now that credible evidence has emerged at trial in favor of the actress.
He also pointed to how two people were removed from the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, at the start of the trial because they had made violent threats online against Heard.
“As someone who has received many death threats, I can tell you that while it’s a pretty safe assumption that most are empty rhetoric fueled by angry echo chambers, misinformation, and anonymity, you never know,” Knox wrote. And that small chance is terrifying.
Knox said that Depp was “shamed and vilified on a global scale by a public that had very little information about what really happened”.
Knox also said that Depp has also been vilified by the public. She said the ‘culture turned on Depp’ in 2020 after he failed in his libel suit against The Sun newspaper, which had called him a ‘wife beater’, and in the wake of Heard’s op-ed in the Washington Post from 2018 where she referred to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’.
Knox said that Depp was “shamed and vilified on a global scale by a public that had very little information about what really happened”. “I felt sorry for Johnny Depp at the time,” he wrote.
Last year, Knox and her husband Christopher Robinson detailed how media scrutiny during her murder trial in Italy left her unable to live a normal life.
Robinson explained that she receives daily messages from “people calling her a murderer and a prostitute and saying, ‘Are you going to murder your baby?’ She refers to them as ‘the guilty ones’.
Knox came into the spotlight when her 21-year-old roommate Kercher was sexually assaulted and killed in a brutal attack at the apartment they shared in the Italian city of Perugia in November 2007.
Prosecutors accused Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of murdering Kercher with the help of Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast local who had grown up in Perugia.
Knox and Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder in 2009 and received sentences of 26 and 25 years, respectively.
They had spent a total of nearly four years behind bars when they were acquitted in 2011 after an appeals court found legal procedures had not been followed and there was no DNA evidence linking either of them to the scene.
He returned home to Seattle, Washington, but the nightmare was far from over. Her acquittal was overturned a few years later, and she was retried in her absence and convicted of the murder a second time.
Knox and Sollecito were fully exonerated by Italy’s highest court in 2015.
Guede was convicted in a separate trial after his DNA was found on Kercher’s body and in the room where he died. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2008, but was released on parole in December 2020.
Last year, Guede was released for good behavior after serving 13 years in prison.
Despite being the only known killer, Guede’s involvement has always been overshadowed by speculation surrounding Knox, who was merely Kercher’s roommate.
The media dubbed her ‘Foxy Knoxy’, an old nickname from when she played football, and portrayed her as a ‘sex-crazed American party girl’ and an ‘evil temptress’.