RAM­PANT RAB­BIT!

‘Sex mad’ Knox is just like car­toon Jes­sica

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By RACHEL SPENCER

CONVICTEDkiller Amanda Knox is a lov­ing wo­man — like car­toon char­ac­ter Jes­sica Rab­bit, a de­fence lawyer has claimed.

It comes just a day af­ter an­other lawyer told her ap­peal hear­ing in Italy that Knox was a “a ly­ing, sex-lov­ing she-devil”.

Gi­u­lia Bon­giorno said Knox, the Amer­i­can stu­dent found guilty of killing Bri­tish room mate Mered­ith Kercher in 2009, was not a bad per­son.

She added that Knox was not the “femme fa­tale” her ac­cusers de­scribe and com­pared her to Jes­sica Rab­bit — the faith­ful an­i­mated star of Who Framed Roger Rab­bit.

Im­ma­ture

Knox was con­victed of mur­der­ing Miss Kercher, a fel­low stu­dent in Peru­gia, and sen­tenced to 26 years in prison, while co-de­fen­dant Raf­faele Sol­lecito was given 25 years.

Ms Bon­giorno, Sol­lecito’s lawyer, para­phrased a fa­mous line from the movie say­ing: “She’s been wrongly por­trayed as a wo­man who makes slaves of men for sex. But Knox is not bad, she’s just drawn that way.”

Knox and Sol­lecito deny killing Miss Kercher.

Ms Bon­giorno added that Knox was an im­ma­ture girl who had just started dat­ing Sol­lecito.

She said: “One should not mis­take ten­der­ness for sex­ual ob­ses­sion.”

Knox and Sol­lecito in­sist they spent the night at his house the night of the mur­der, watch­ing a film, smok­ing pot and hav­ing sex.

The movie they said they were watch­ing, Amelie, led Ms Bon­giorno in the orig­i­nal trial to com­pare Knox to the ti­tle char­ac­ter — an in­no­cent girl in­tent on do­ing good. A ver­dict in the ap­peals case is ex­pected on

Satur­day.

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