A defense lawyer has told a court to see Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her roommate, not as a “diabolical, sex-obsessed femme fatale,” as her accusers labeled her but rather as a faithful, loving young woman, much like Jessica Rabbit in the late 80’s fantasy-comedy-noir film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
In closing arguments before an appeals court, lawyer Giulia Bongiorno – the attorney for Knox’s co-defendant and on-off boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito – compared Knox to the cartoon character, and even paraphrased a famous line from the “Rabbit” movie to say that “[Amanda] is not bad, she’s just drawn that way.”
According to Bongiorno, Knox was unfairly portrayed over the course of the media-hyped, four-year case. She said the 24-year-old American is instead a loving young woman who simply displayed immaturity and naivete at the time of the 2007 slaying.
“One should not mistake tenderness for sexual obsession,” Bongiorno said, adding the two liked making faces at each other.
Knox and Sollecito were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively in their original trial in 2009, but have always protested their innocence, insisting they spent the night at Sollecito’s house the night of the murder, watching a movie, smoking pot and having sex.
A verdict in the appeals case is expected in early October.