Knox says she had to fend off fellow inmate’s seduction bid
UNITED STATES: Amanda Knox, who was convicted but then acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, has written a detailed account of how a lesbian inmate tried to seduce her during her years behind bars.
The idea of straight women in prison resorting to lesbian relationships ‘‘brings out the horny teenage boy in many of us’’, but sexual bonds were often a reflection of a desperate yearning for companionship in a brutal environment, Knox wrote.
Knox was incarcerated in Capanne prison in Umbria, Italy between 2007 and 2011 after being initially found guilty by the Italian judicial system of killing and sexually assaulting Kercher, her flatmate, who was from Surrey.
She has revealed for the first time that while serving her sentence, she was befriended by a female inmate, a smalltime drug dealer, who tried to initiate a sexual relationship with her.
The woman, whom Knox called ’’Leny’’, initially seemed happy to be friends as a way of guarding against the loneliness of prison, but after a while she tried to persuade the young American to become sexually intimate.
‘‘She’d think I was playing hard to get. One day, Leny kissed me,’’ Knox wrote in an essay titled What Romance in Prison Actually Looks Like for the website Broadly.
‘‘It was bad enough that the prison institution took ownership of my body that I was caged and strip-searched on a regular basis and had already been sexually harassed by male guards.’’
Knox broke off the friendship, telling Leny that ‘‘we couldn’t be friends any more’’.
Her essay offers a fascinating insight into her time in jail, about which she has said little in the past.
She said she was extremely reserved with other inmates. ‘‘I didn’t really have friends in prison.’’
Regarded as a celebrity because of the huge media attention that the Kercher murder case garnered, she was resented by other prisoners.
After being released, Knox returned to her home town of Seattle.
Kercher, 21, was murdered in the house she shared with Knox and two young Italian women in Perugia in November 2007, just after Hallowe’en. Rudy Guede, a local drifter who was born in Ivory Coast but grew up in Perugia, is the only person to have been definitively convicted of the murder, and is serving a 16-year jail sentence. - Telegraph Group
Amanda Knox says sexual bonds in prison often reflect a desperate yearning for companionship in a brutal environment.