Amanda Knox’s new memoir “Waiting to Be Heard” contains many shocking revelations about her treatment while in prison, and may help her with her upcoming re-trial for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of killing Kercher, but were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after four years behind bars. They are now both facing a retrial in Florence, Italy, after judges upheld a prosecution appeal against their acquittals, according to The Daily News.
"No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity," Knox said about the retrial.
In the new book, Knox reveals that she was sexually harassed by fellow female inmates and an older male guard while she was in prison.
It was initially thought that her legal situation might complicate the release of the memoir, but Knox’s publisher, HarperCollins, has said that the 25-year-old will stick to the planned publicity schedule for the book.
"As planned, HarperCollins will publish Amanda Knox's book on April 30, 2013, and will move forward with the interviews that we have scheduled," said a spokesman for the publisher, Tina Andreadis.
On its website, HarperCollins describes the book like this: "For the very first time since her trial for murder, her four-year incarceration in Italy, and her appeal and acquittal of all charges, Amanda Knox will share the truth about her terrifying ordeal. With grace and maturity, Amanda will describe the aftermath of the ordeal and her return to the States, as well as her hopes for the future.”
Knox’s lawyer, Bob Barnet, said that “Waiting to Be Heard,” is a blockbuster that will “shock to the core.”
“While people know the story of the trial, they don't know the personal story, the family's story, the prison story and, believe it or not, the legal story.”