Dating is hard, especially when you were wrongfully convicted of murder! Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito both served time in jail for the murder of Meredith Kercher — which would become viewed as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice. But after DNA evidence exonerated him and Amanda, he’s still struggling to assimilate himself into everyday life, and he’s been unlucky in love because it’s difficult for him to find a girlfriend.
“At certain times I met girls who were charmed by my ‘black halo’ [but] good girls are appalled and scared of me,” the 33-year-old told The Daily Mirror. “When I dated girls and they had to tell their families about me, there was always some family member that would get worried because they did not trust me, I used to have this type of issues. I wish I could start my life over [living] like everybody else.”
Amanda and Raffaele were freed in 2011 and in 2015, the Italian Supreme Court officially overturned their conviction, claiming that they are both innocent in the murder of Meredith — and a man named Rudy Guede was later convicted in the crime. But Raffaele explained that even though it’s been nearly seven years since he was freed, the general public still has a negative impression of him. He even said that he still gets stopped in public places like the grocery store by people who recognize him.
“I am imprisoned by the society that will not let me lead a normal life,” he continued. “I have to explain and justify myself with anybody because there are still doubts about me, but which doubts? There are no doubts about my innocence. I spent the last 10 years in a tragedy. I was in jail for four years, six months in solitary confinement, three and a half years in a maximum security prison and today I do not feel completely free. I feel cooped up in a kind of house arrest.”
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