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. bluemax77

    You’re kidding..!! Hell, now that it a surprise...!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Chris B.:
    It's hard for me to imagine being "treated sub-human" in Italy. They're VERY nice.
    Maybe if you didn't even try to order in Italian in a pizzeria, and even then...
    No. The first time I went to Italy I was treated well, and back then I started every Italian sentence with, "e' possibile di..."

    December 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • zdeneczech

      whats your point?

      December 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline R.

      I'm very happy Amanda and Rafaelle will tell their side of the story and get some money. Lord knows the attorneys bankrupted her parents totally. I hope she makes lots and lots of money to pay off all the legal fees and be able to enjoy some of the finer things. She deserves it after being railroaded and jailed for 4 years. I can't even imagine the nightmare she went through.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. iduna

    there is real potential for miss Knox to make some real movement in her life. I hope she makes the effort to do so while helping the family of her murdered ex roommate. Financial considerations should also be made towards them.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrm

      Why? Amanda Knox is innocent and had several years of her life stolen. What does she owe to people who supported her conviction in the face of NO EVIDENCE?

      December 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Amanda Knox has no moral orlegal obligation to do that. If they had their druthers, she would still be in an Italian prison for a crime she did not commit.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • QM

      Uh NO. Amanda Knox doesn't owe the Kercher's a dang thing. Is it sad they lost a daughter, yes. But Amanda Knox had NOTHING to do with it. She's as much a victim of this as anyone else and she deserves whatever compensation she can get for having years of her life stolen. If the Kercher's want to write a book, let them. But Knox owes them NOTHING.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Is Mr. Kercher going to share his royalties with Amanda and Raff? That's wonderful!!! Because they're just as innocent as he is.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chuck Creig

    Remember when it wasn't this embarrassing to be a member of the human race?

    Yeah...me neither.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Amen!

      December 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Minerva

    This is sick! Amanda Knox and her boyfriend were closely involved in the murder of a young British girl. To profit from this now is revolting! Boycott any publisher that offers her money, and boycott the book and any bookstore that dares to profit from the death of a young girl. Absolutely revolting that society feeds on lurid details of the end of someone's life. I firmly believe that Knox had everything to do with the murder, and some fancy legal footwork got her off. The justice system has holes in it, but our brains don't have to follow. Shame on the publisher, bookstore, and people who cater to them! DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. LET IT ROT ON THE SHELVES.

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

      Thanks for your opinion – but don't you need to get back to the witch trial where you're offering spectral evidence?

      December 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Oh give it a rest, j3rkoff. They weren't "deeply involved" in a murder. They either did it, or they didn't. As it turns out, they didn't.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CindySF

      You are so out-of-touch. She was proven innocent, and in most reasonable folks proven innocent 4 years ago.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Shame on you.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      She may be innocent but I will not buy the book because is exploits the death of a young lady. What does it say about society when they look to exploit this simply Amanda is cute young lady.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline R.

      It's been proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that they had NOTHING to do with that murder. They got screwed and found guilty by the court of public opinion. And now she'll have to spend her life with people making snide remarks and punishing her for a crime she did not commit! She is innocent!

      December 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Well, you obviously no nothing of the case......

      December 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Alex – the young girl who died's own father is writing a book about her death. You make no sense.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. That Dude

    Even the cops in Italy wear designer sunglasses inside.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tammy

    getting paid for murder from a book deal.... the American Dream and way of life, gotta love it.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrm

      Got a problem with free speech for someone who's conviction was vacated? Maybe it irritates you that she's hotter than you are?

      December 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline R.

      How is that the American way of life? Didn't you read all of the press coverage, including the parts the blatantly vindicated her? That clearly showed she had nothing to do with it?

      December 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The tin foil hat destroyer

    Hey, what's the point of getting away with murder if you can't make some money off of it.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BossHog

      if she tells how it was done she makes millions

      December 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    My goodness, Minerva!
    You must know something that the courts in Italy don't know.
    Since you obviously do know what happened, publish your own book.
    If you don't want the money you'll get, you can give it to the family of the poor murdered girl.
    If you really care, you'll go to the trouble to write the book just for the victims. I can tell that you're a good, caring person.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    All the evidence is disputable, so it's impossible to know for sure if she did it or not. Even her accusing the bar owner is disputable evidence, as she did accuse, but might have done so under duress by being slapped like Knox's father said she was. Doesn't mean he was necessarily telling the truth, but there is no way to know.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      What's not disputable is that there was no forensic trace of Knox/Sollecito in the murder room, yet according to her first trial she was supposed to be the one who wielded the knife.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Deep Throat

    I read a lot, and this is not a book I want to read, sorry Amanda. An acquittal doesn't mean someone is innocent. There are a lot of unanswered questions. I have issues with the fact Amanda repeatedly lied to authorities, and appeared not to care that her roommate was dead. I still think she is not entirely innocent. Rather than cashing in on the death of someone, she should be rehabilitating her character. Remember, she even accused someone she knew had totally nothing to do with the crime.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      In your case, stupidity lasts a long time.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RockonRock

      She is not innocent at all! There were so many contradictions in her testimony and the Italian police did such a poor job than a person such as "Sally" with an IQ of 60 could have gotten away with the crime.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Actually she didn't know he had nothing to do with the crime. The police told her he did. And she wasn't there to know. And how do you know whether or not she appeared to care? Were you there?

      December 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      Why shouldn't part of that rehabilitation be giving her side of the story? Why does the world and his wife feel free to say anything they like about what did or did not happen, except her?

      December 6, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. RockonRock

    I think it's a great idea for Amanda to "Ink" this deal. The "ink" may hide the blood stains that cover her hands!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MattR

    God Will Judge her!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FU

    She's might have to drop some more 'shrooms and carve up another person for "research"...

    December 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Billy Davis

    Murderers getting book deals. Amazing.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
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