Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito working on book deals
Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito are seen in an Italian court during their trial.
December 5th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito working on book deals

Amanda Knox may be one step closer to telling the world her side of the story about her saga of being wrapped up in an Italian murder trial that caught the world's eye.

Knox, who recently returned home to the United States after winning an appeal of her conviction, has officially inked a deal with attorney Robert Barnett to represent her when it comes to book deals.

Knox was convicted in 2009 of murder, sexual assault, possession of a weapon, interfering with a crime and theft in relation to the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. But during an appeal this year, a jury cleared Knox of those charges, freeing her. The court also cleared her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

"[Barnett will] represent her in discussions with various book publishers who have expressed an interest in Amanda writing a book," David Marriott, the Seattle public relations specialist hired by the Knox family during her trial told CNN by e-mail. "Mr. Barnett will also assist Amanda and her family in evaluating other opportunities as well."

Barnett is well-known for brokering major book deals with several high-profile figures including: President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, Bob Woodward and Sarah Palin among several other notables.

Marriott told CNN they had no further details to share about where they were in the process or whether Knox already had anything written. Knox's family has said she enjoys writing and thought she would be interested in sharing her ordeal with others either through writing a book or becoming an advocate.

Knox makes emotional return to Seattle

Knox's announcement came about a week after her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito inked a deal of his own. Sollecito signed with Seattle-based Martin Literary Management.

“This is a case I have followed from day one and never, not even for a moment, have I doubted the innocence of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox,” Sharlene Martin said in a news release. “I’m honored to work with this fine young man and let the world know the real Raffaele — a sensitive, compassionate and heartfelt person."

"He's never really spoken about that night and this is his opportunity to do so," Martin told CNN. "There's much more to Raffaele than what the world has seen. He is an amazing young man. He is brave, he is heartfelt, he is compassionate. I think he is an incredible young man with a story to tell."

Martin said that both her client and Knox have been in the spotlight for so long and while she just learned about Knox's deal, she is excited for them both to share their stories. She also said the caliber of Knox's agent speaks to how important it is for her story to be told.

"I think Amanda is very fortunate to have him," Martin said. "It speaks volumes for a man of his integrity to want to represent her story and I think it will distinguish her from other crime stories and I think it will help Raffaele."

Martin said that Sollecito's book will be a memoir and will cover several aspects of his life, not just the four-year saga in Perugia, Italy. Martin said they're currently looking for American writers who can also speak with Sollecito in Italian to work on the book.

She said while Knox's story may have been more heavily covered in the media, because she's American, she believes both of the former co-defendants have a lot to share with those who only saw them through the court proceedings.

"They both have equally important stories to tell," Martin said. "They have both been incredibly affected by the death of Meredith Kercher and will always be."

soundoff (459 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    Anyone who buys her book is an accomplice to murder.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • S

      That was a really "Intelligent" comment.....maybe you should apply to be one of Nancy Grace's employees!!! MORON!!!

      December 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SandiJ

      Thats a lie and a fantasy of yours. It has no basis in intelligent thought.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      You're ridiculous. She should get paid for spending years in jail for something she did not do!

      December 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      @Shawn. I'm afraid i'ts you who's ridiculous. She was NOT, repeat NOT cleared of murder. She was NOT proven to be innocent. The case was UNPROVEN. Now if you have some evidence which PROVES her innocence then you should submit it to the judge. But you DON'T, so you're just speculating based on god knows what.

      Everyone involved in the case, judge, defense, prosecution..all KNEW SHE WAS GUILTY, because someone who was there was already convicted and saw what happened, but his testimony would not have been admissable, so she was released on technicalities, NOT because she was innocent.

      December 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huey Morley

      Lisa, why not check up on the latest news... that the Italian prosecutor probably committed misconduct

      December 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Actually, I'm rather happy that she's gone free. Most criminals have a subconscious desire to be found out and punished for their acts. She will be tortured for the rest of her life because of her role in the murder, and she WAS involved, one way or another. Unless, she's a complete sociopath, which would mean she has no conscience, but eventually she'll confide in someone. Either way, people who escape justice in this lifetime will receive a higher justice whe the day of reckoning comes.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • edward

      Lisa, no dna evidence, NOTHING putting her at the crime scene. No Motive. No history of violence. But she smoked weed and did cartwheels and she is pretty so she gets to make out with boys. So in your mind that translates to guilty. Does that sound about right? Lisa you need help.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • octopus

      Anyone who thinks that you're not a child molester and serial killer is wrong.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pebbles Flintstone

      I am always amazed at how ignorant people can be even when faced with facts that someone is guilty or not guilty of a crime. It seems that once people make up their mind about a person they don't care about facts. Amanda had nothing to do with the crime, the man who did is in prison, they found his DNA in and on Meredith.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charlee

    I don't know if Knox and her ex-boyfriend did it or not, but I will not buy her or his book.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Huey Morley

      You realize that the book is her vehicle of paying off those HUGE legal fees, right?

      December 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • octopus

      ok.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    If the evidence against Amanda was too flimsy and unreliable to convict her beyond a reasonable doubt, then she should have been released. Imagining that she did help with the killing is not the same thing as knowing that she did.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. SAL

    As Italian I feel ashamed for all this girl went through. She's a victim of the miserable Italian judiciary system (the same that slandered Silvio Berlusconi).
    I hope that she can be compensated by the sales of her book.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SandiJ

      I agree. She will be able to tell her side of the story. The prosecutor was insane and the media believed everything he said.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana150

      Yes, poor Berlusconi. (Sarcasm, sarcasm)

      December 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Uncle

    Police world wide are known to fabricate evidence. They specialise in framing innocent people while the guilty get away through bribes. Unfortunately the courts, which should be able to tell the fabrications, side with the police because they are also bribed. In the end the courts become a rubber stamp for the police.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Stop the madness

    Its time to make some pay off the dead girl. Ridiculous

    December 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. edward

    All Amanda Knox haters.

    Women haters are jealous of her looks, envy to the point of rage. They cant get laid if they tried and men fall over themselves for Amanda.
    So most of them are probably ugly ducklings like Nancy Grace.
    Men who hate her would never have a chance in hell in getting her
    attention, and amanda is secretly a fantasy for all of them.
    Other haters are anti american bigots. I hate to imagine the environment that produced these pathetic
    losers holding on to the antiknox dream. Step out of the fog and get a life!

    that produced such worthless pathetic losers.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • storm21

      her face you say is very beautiful.but the bases are nearly all the same.hide the face and lam the base.then another book deal

      December 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Erik Weick

    Amanda was released for political reasons, not for her innocence. Please do not forget that she was not acquitted of all charges, she was found guilty of slander for implication of bar owner Patrick Lumumba and received a 3-year sentence (time served) and 22,000 Euro fine. I don't know why the girl doesn't just thank her lucky stars and shut-up... and why someone would publish her when she is already a convicted liar is beyond me. Hopefully all the proceeds of her new piece of fiction will go to Meredith Kercher's family.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Huey Morley

      Citation needed! "Political reasons"????

      December 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pebbles Flintstone

      Erik, it is obvious by your comment that you don't know any details of the case. Educate yourself.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naseer Ahmad

      All those senators and judges writing to the Italian courts, and extradition expert Ted Simon bringing on board Hillary Clinton's agent? All politics.

      December 7, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik Weick

      Yes, do you actually believe she got off for being completely innocent? When everyone from Berlusconi to Clinton get involved in any case the outcome becomes jaded by politics. This girl lied about Patrick Lumumba, she lied about being physically abused by authorities during questioning and changed her story several times. Her telling of the events didn't even coincide with Sollecito's. She evidently has something to hide. She got off, good for her and her family... that doesn't mean this case was solved. Yes, politics!

      December 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. nick

    I do not believe this knox person, she has and always has a smug look on her face. that lool leads me to believe that she feels she has gotten away with something.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • edward

      Unfortunately that is the mindset of people like you. What you interpret to be a smug look is enough to convince you she brutally stabbed her roomate to death with no motive, and no history of violence. Also Rudy Guede was convicted and his semen was found in Meredith. But Amanda looks smug "pretty" and better than you and everyone you are associated with, so she must have done it right?

      December 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naseer Ahmad

      Lots of first time murderers and people with no history of violence that go ape on drugs out there. Lots of guilty people are found innocent every day. The parallels between her and OJ Simpson are quite interesting.

      December 7, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    The proceeds of her book and subsequent chat show fees will of course go to the Kercher family; or if they're too dignified to accept blood money from a murderer, she can donate most of it to any charity for victims of heinous crimes. I mean, even if she was guilty, it would be obscene to make a profit out of the death of a young innocent girl. Especially as she is a sl*t and hated Meredith for not being one.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Lisa

    Oh, I see the pro-American-murderer media is even censoring posts that suggest she may be guilty.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • edward

      Lisa you need serequel and lithium. Lots of it!

      December 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      You seem more acquainted with Lithium than I am.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      No doubt she will offer to donate the proceeds of her book and chat show appearances to the Kercher family who lost a beautiful daughter.. Even if the Kerchers are too dignified to accept her blood money it would be quite obscene to make a profit out of murder. She could donate it all to charity. I mean It would clearly demonstrate her obscene lothesome character if she did otherwise.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. unitednations

    Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing? (Courtesy of phrases.org.uk)

    As the Bible says in Matthew 6:3 (King James Version):

    But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.

    December 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sam e

    Maybe Amanda Knox should take the money she earns from this book deal and buy Lisa a friggin life...just an idea.

    December 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lisa

      Maybe you should ask yourself why sweet innocent Amanda would change her story ten times and then try to frame an innocent man for murder; a crime for which she has already been convicted. Is that the typical behaviour an innocent person. I have a LIFE, thank you very much. Sadly, Meredith Kercher doesn't. I'd rather starve to death than accept money from a murderer who tries to capitalize on her crime by hiring an attorney to get her lucarative book deal.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Goodnight. And enjoy your fairytales.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. unitednations

    If Made in Italy is so risqué, given decisive differences between Venus in Furs and Jessica Rabbit, isn’t Made in America supposed to be a safer alternative measurable by such a well-established standard as, “I know it when I see it”?

    December 7, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • edward

      Lisa I am sorry that you are unappealing to men, and probably have no friends. But attacking this girl threads will not change that. Find a new hobby to make up for your lack of self esteem.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. unitednations

    Or is it considered a bio logical weapon too hot to handle?

    December 7, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
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