Just weeks away from the release of Amanda Knox’s memoir, Waiting To Be Heard, the internet is abuzz with speculation about its tell-all content. One subject that seems to be highly-anticipated among readers is the sexual harassment Knox allegedly faced during her time behind bars.
Amanda Knox was held in Italy’s Capanne Prison for four years after being accused of brutally killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher in 2007. Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of the young woman’s murder in 2009. However, both were freed from prison in 2010 when an appeals court overturned their convictions.
In her memoir, Amanda Knox reportedly delves into all aspects of her experience in Italy, including the treatment she received in prison from both guards and inmates.
According to The Daily Mail, a British tabloid, the book details sexual harassment allegations against senior prison guard, Raffaele Argiro.
Knox claims that Argiro began propositioning her for sex shortly after her incarceration began and constantly brought up the topic of sex while engaging in conversation.
According to the tabloid’s report, Knox claims the guard “accompanied me to almost all my medical visits — two times a day — and at night he called me up to the third floor in an empty office for a ‘chitchat.'”
The memoir also reportedly includes passages from letters Amanda Knox wrote to friends about the sexual harassment she was enduring.
“He was fixed on the topic of sex – who I’d done it with, how I liked it … if I would like to do it with him.” Knox allegedly wrote. “I was so surprised and scandalized by his provocations that sometimes I thought I hadn’t understood the things he said to me. When I realized he wanted to talk about sex, I would try to change the subject.”
Despite sexual harassment allegations against Raffaele Argiro from a second female inmate, the guard has repeatedly denied any misconduct with either prisoner. He is now retired from his position at the prison.
Amanda Knox, who returned to her home in Seattle following her acquittal, reportedly spent six months penning her memoir. The manuscript was scooped up by publishing house HarperCollins in what some have speculated was a $4 million deal. The book is scheduled to hit shelves on April 30.
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