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Knox alleges sexual harassment while in Italian jail

Oct. 9, 2011 - 10:43 By

(AP-Yonhap News)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Amanda Knox claims she was sexually harassed by a prison official in Italy during her four years behind bars, according to a TV program to be aired this weekend.

Knox, who has returned home to Seattle after being acquitted of murder and sexual assault, alleges the "prison administrator" ordered her into his office, alone at night, to talk about sex.

"He was fixated on the topic of sex, with whom I'd done it, how I liked it, if I would like to do it with him," said a letter from Knox, quoted by the 48 Hours Mystery show which airs in the US on Saturday on CBS.

"When I realised that he really wanted to talk to me about sex I would try to change the subject," she added, the program's makers said in a description of the show ahead of broadcast.

Knox, now 24, wrote: "I realise that he was testing me to see if I reacted badly, to understand me personally. He wanted to get a reaction or some information from me. I did not get the seriousness of the situation."

A court in Perugia on Monday freed Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after acquitting them over the gruesome 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher, allegedly after a violent sex game.

Knox, who was dubbed "Foxy Knoxy" by some tabloid newspapers, hopes to return to her studies after settling back at home, although experts say she could make a fortune by selling her story as a book, or in TV or film rights.

It was not clear when the letter cited by the TV show was written, or to which prison official it might refer.

Meanwhile the courtship of Amanda Knox's family by American television networks eager to win an exclusive interview with her extended to providing temporary accommodations for two of her younger sisters while they were in Italy during the trial.

Knox's father, Curt Knox, said on Friday that an ABC producer let his daughters Ashley, 16, and Delaney, 13, stay in her room while court was in session. He said a CBS producer did, too, and an NBC producer offered to.

Networks are competing for an interview with her, even before it's clear if she'll even tell her story in that venue.

here has been increased attention lately on how networks get these interviews, with ABC declaring this summer it would no longer pay interview subjects to license photos or videos, seen as a dodge of the common journalistic practice of not paying people to tell their stories.

Curt Knox said that although ABC producer Nikki Battiste permitted his children to use her room, she was doing her job and did not babysit the teenagers. He said Battiste wasn't in the room with them.

ABC News spokeswoman Jeffrey Schneider said the network didn't have a problem with Battiste's actions.

Knox said that CBS producer Sabina Castelfranco also permitted the children to use her room. But CBS spokeswoman Sonya McNair denied this, saying Castelfranco turned down the request when asked and checked out of the small hotel. McNair said it was unclear whether the room was made available to the children after Castelfranco checked out.

Knox said NBC producer Stephanie Siegel offered her room but it wasn't used. NBC spokeswoman Lauren Kapp denied that such an offer was made.

Battiste and Siegel also accompanied Knox's wife and the two girls on a shopping trip near the Italian courtroom but didn't buy anything for the family, he said.

It's unclear whether any efforts by networks to ingratiate themselves with Knox will make any difference. (AFP)




`살인혐의 무죄' 녹스 "교도소 간부가 성희롱"

이탈리아에서 살인죄로 복역하다  2 심에서 무죄로 풀려난 미국 여성 어맨다 녹스(24)가 교도소 간부로부터  성추행당했 다는 주장을 했다고 CBS 방송이 7일(이하 현지시간) 보도했다.

 CBS는 이탈리아 교도소 고위 관계자가 밤에 혼자 있는 사무실에 녹스를 불러 섹 스에 대해 질문했다고 전했다.

 8일 밤 방송될 CBS '48시간의 미스터리' 프로그램 예고에 따르면 녹스는 편지에 서 교도소 간부가 "내가 누구와 섹스를 했고 얼마나 섹스를 즐겼으며 그와 섹스를 하고 싶은지 등 섹스만 화제로 올렸다"고 말했다.

 녹스는 이어 대화 주제를 돌리려고 했다면서 교도소 간부가 자신의 반응을 확인 하고 무언가 정보를 얻어내려 했다는 사실을 깨달았다고 덧붙였다.

 한편, 녹스의 아버지는 CBS와의 인터뷰에서 딸이 "어떤 면에서는 마치 새로  태 어난 것 같다"며 딸이 대학에 돌아가 학업을 마치는 것이 목표라고 말했다.

 녹스는 지난 2007년 11월 이탈리아 페루자에서 영국인 룸메이트 메레디스  커쳐 를 살해한 혐의로 4년간 복역하다 항소심에서 무죄 선고를 받고 최근 미국 시애틀의 집으로 돌아왔다.