When Lady Gaga took to Twitter to compare “fame” to “prison,” there was one famous former prisoner who had something to say about it. Amanda Knox, who spent time behind bars before her conviction for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was overturned, wasn’t exactly on board with that statement. And when she saw the tweet, she was quick to call it out.
“Fame is prison,” Lady Gaga, 33, posted on Thursday, October 24. In response, Amanda, 32, quote tweeted the statement and added a few words of her own: “I hear you, but … prison is prison,” she wrote back. As someone who found fame because of a wrongful conviction, the true crime podcast host seems uniquely qualified to weigh in on this subject. And, uh, we’re gonna have to go with her on this one.
I hear you, but…prison is prison. https://t.co/5cclYYZxk7
— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) October 25, 2019
Just earlier this month, Amanda celebrated the eight-year anniversary of her release from prison. “Today marks eight years since I walked out of Capanne prison,” she shared on the very same social media site. “I can still hear the other girls banging their pots against the bars, screaming, ‘Libertà! Libertà! Libertà!'” But her legal battle was far from over after she was acquitted of Kercher’s murder on October 3, 2011. Two years later, in 2013, she faced a retrial for the crime. In 2014, she was found guilty, and in 2015, her conviction was once again overturned.
Since then, the brunette has landed a gig as the host of a podcast called The Truth About True Crime, a show in which she has the opportunity “bring nuance” to infamous crime stories we already know, revealing what really went down with “compassion and context.” She’s also spoken out about criminal justice. In June, she returned to Italy for the first time since her wrongful conviction in order to speak at a conference hosted by the Italy Innocence Project. At the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena, she joined a panel on the penal process.
Though she initially arrived at the airport with her head down, the inmate-turned-star kept her head up while enjoying a cocktail party that was part of the festivities. Despite her apparent wariness to return to the country, she seemed to be thriving once she was in her element at the event.
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