Former prisoner Amanda Knox will be putting her experience behind bars to use as she will be hosting SundanceTV and Sundance Now show The Truth About True Crime, which launches on October 25. Amanda released a statement revealing why she’s passionate about her new gig.
“After surviving my own true crime saga, I tend not to be a fan of the genre, because it so often veers into sensationalism at the expense of the human beings involved and the truth,” Amanda revealed. “But these stories are very important when told with compassion and context. I’m excited to partner with Sundance to bring nuance to the story of Jonestown.” On the first episode, they will discuss the 1978 Jonestown massacre: where cult leader Jim Jones ordered hundreds of people to commit suicide.
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Amanda also currently serves as the host of The Scarlett Letter Reports, and she’s interviewed women who have been publicly shamed including Amber Rose. Amanda said, “While on trial for a murder I didn’t commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale with magical powers to control men. The tabloids loved that story. So did the public. So did the jury. I lost years of my life to prison because of two-dimensional and misogynist stereotypes.” She added, “In The Scarlet Letter Reports, I’m hoping to re-humanize others who have been similarly shamed and vilified, and elevate the standard for how we think and talk about public women.”
The former University of Washington student, 31, was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy in 2007 when she was accused of killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Amanda was sentenced to 26 years in prison and was ultimately acquitted in 2015, after spending four years locked up in an Italy prison. Back in June of this year, Amanda penned a powerful essay on the ten-year anniversary of Meredith’s death for Westside Seattle. “She is painfully missed by everyone who loved her,” Amanda wrote. “I miss her, and I’m grateful for the memories of our time together.”
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