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. Nick San Diego

    This drama won;t end until Knox does herself in again. Karma . It;s coming,. Just aski OJ.. Our media play this into Americans vs Italians and the bleeding hearts bought it.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • clem

      You are so ignorant it is not worth responding to. PFFT

      December 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MontanaTrace

    The evidence just wasn't there. When the movie is made, Déborah François would be perfect as a look alike. Google her to see.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. unitednations

    Woremongers?

    December 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T3chsupport

    Good. More power to her. Let her capitalize from her false imprisonment as much as she can.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Taylor

      She was there when the crime happened. She is guilty as OJ

      December 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      James Taylor. When he's not writing songs or touring, he enjoys spying on crimes in progress.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • michelle

      Steve, that was funny!

      December 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    funny how everyone takes a story, and then becomes judge and jury based on what the media portrays. Were any of you in that court room? Did any of you see evidence? How can you decide someones fate and judge whether they are guilty or not, based on a few facts in the media? Good god, I sure hope none of you end up in a situation that may very well be out of your control. Many innocent people are convicted every day...would be nice if people stopped passing judgment based on half truths....

    December 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJTMTT

      ME–Thanks for your excellent response. (In fact, it is the only intelligent response possible.)

      December 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muri

      But this is the nation of sweeping other people's doorsteps!! What fun is life if I can't judge others from the moral high ground that is my religion, perspective, up-bringing!?

      /humor.off

      December 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      She was convicted to three years in prison for lying about this murder. She also changed her story constantly. These are facts, not opinions. Educate yourself.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James Taylor

    THere were plenty of evidence. She was present when her roommate was killed. BTW will she share the profits of this book and the movie to come with the family of the girl who she killed?

    December 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      yeah but the only evidence any of us saw was pushed by the media, you where not there, therefore, you cannot judge. IT's a proven fact that many innocent people are convicted on a daily bases...probably by jury's like you who base a persons guilt on half truths.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick King

      Hey, Sweet Baby James, how do you know "She was present when her roommate was killed"? They sure didn't prove it in court. Quite the contrary in fact. What the source of your inside info? Were you in the living room singing?

      December 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • observer

      James Taylor, where do you get your information? You apparently have some insight to this case that the Italian authorities could not produce. Based on the information that I've read from a number of investigative sources, Amanda and Raffelle were not present during the crime. How could two star-crossed, pot heads so neatly clean up the scene as to remove all evidence of their presence while leaving Rudy G's DNA all over Meredith's room? None of us were there so none of us can sit in judgement. Juries and judges heard the information and made their decisions.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Knox admitted she was in the room – Google 'Amanda Knox note' and read all about it. She only changed her story because the truth incriminated her – that's what criminals do, and Knox is a convicted criminal. And a proven liar. Her book will be part of a clean-up operation which started in November 2007.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      She owes Meredith's family nothing because she did not kill her. Why don't you find out if the Perugia government is going to compensate Meredith's family? They're the ones who let her kill run the streets.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      She was not present when Meredith Kercher was killed, that was the view of the Italian appeals court. There was no evidence placing her at the scene, therefore she could not have committed the crime. That is why she was acquitted.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    PLEASE let there be a nude centerfold!

    December 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • streetheat1

      Of all the disgusting .....hmmm...yeah ok works for me!

      December 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      She's a kid man, no way.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJTMTT

      Geez "Tom", aren't you just a little bit embarrassed now that you can see your comment in print? Seriously, what would your mother think of that? –or your sister? or wife? or girlfriend?

      December 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. behere

    all right amada the ones in prison falsely in the usa got millions you should get something for years lost

    December 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick King

    Like all guilters, Nick San Diego, you have absolutely no knowledge of who Amanda Knox is. I hope you read her book. It may turn your life around.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yippee

    She's free. She writes a book. She collects a check(s) and royalties. The end.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mitch

    No good murdering b...

    December 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Where you present when it happened, or did you just get your facts from the Media? I hope you never are blamed for something you may not have done. Before anyone judges someone, perhaps they should make sure their facts are not base solely on what was printed by media

      December 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HZ

    once a killer, always a killer, she will kill again in few years

    December 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Who are you to decide if she is guilty or not guilty..Where you present when it happened, or did you just get your facts from the Media?

      December 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Before or after the Rapture?

      December 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      She was found innicent of the crime, due to the fact that there was zero evidence against her.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      She was found innocent of the crime, due to the fact that there was zero evidence against her.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. vintage274

    Good for them. Their young lives were seriously disrupted and their psyches forever scarred by this lunacy. They should make whatever money they can and use it to help their sacrificing families regain financial security and to get back to school and back on track with their lives. Even OJ got to profit from a book, and we won't even begin to talk about THAT travesty of justice.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bluemax77

    No way..!! What a surprise...!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vash0607

    She did it.She will kill again

    December 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thethunderbolt

      Wrong. I think I could make a small fortune betting the clueless and uninformed on this one.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      she was found innocent by a Perugian jury, in an Italian court, do these facts not get through to you?

      December 6, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • opus

      Sounds like you have a paranoid fantasy.

      February 15, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
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