Facebook Watch found the perfect person to host its new show about women who've been publicly shamed: Amanda Knox, the 30-year-old who was tried for the murder of her roommate and ultimately exonerated. In the six-part docuseries The Scarlet Letter Reports, which debuted on May 2, Amanda sits down with famous female pariahs, hoping to reveal the real people behind the "two-dimensional characters" propagated by the media and the public.
It wasn't long ago that Amanda was presumed guilty… Until, of course, she was proven otherwise. At 20 years old, the Seattle native was arrested after the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, with whom Amanda roomed as she studied abroad in Perugia, Italy.
Amanda was nicknamed "Foxy Knoxy" in the press and thought to have killed Meredith in a sex game gone wrong. In 2011, however, she had her murder conviction overthrown. She and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were then retried and again found guilty, but Italy's highest court threw out both convictions in 2015.
Now, Amanda is hoping to deconstruct the misogyny and hate she faced, so she's hosting The Scarlet Letter Reports, sitting down with other women who've faced the business end of widespread scrutiny — including Mischa Barton, Daisy Coleman, and Amber Rose.
"It's humbling to be here in the position I'm in now, where I can help other women reclaim their narrative," she tells People, "when at a certain point in my life I thought I was going to live the better part of my life in prison labeled something I was not — with no chance at ever reclaiming my life."
She originally conceived the project as a journalistic endeavor, telling the Vice Media site Broadly she was interested in "writing about how women are vilified in the public eye, because that was part of my experience." But Broadly thought the idea was better-suited for a TV show, and the site teamed up with Facebook Watch to produce the series.
"There are so many people who to this day are very comfortable writing me off completely based on something that they don't actually know about, and that continues to be my journey," Amanda says. "My reaction to that kind of thing is, 'Hey, I'm a human, too.'"
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