Amanda Knox takes aim at Matt Damon’s film ‘Stillwater’ for exploiting her likeness.
It’s a low-cost Knox rip-off.
Amanda Knox, a former exchange student and acquitted murder suspect, claims that the new Matt Damon film “Stillwater” profits from her misfortune.
“Is my name mine? What about my face? How about my own life? What is my story? Why is my name associated with events I had nothing to do with?” the 34-year-old Seattle, Wash., native demanded Thursday on Twitter. “I return to these questions because others continue to profit without my consent from my name, face, and story.”
Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2007 in Italy of the murder of fellow exchange student Meredith Kercher before being acquitted in 2015. Knox was imprisoned in Italy for four years before being fully exonerated.
Stillwater, starring Damon, Camille Cottin, and Abigail Breslin, is a new film about an American student studying abroad who becomes entangled in a murder investigation.
“This new film starring Matt Damon, directed by Tom McCarthy, is ‘loosely based on’ or ‘directly inspired by’ the ‘Amanda Knox saga,’ as Vanity Fair put it in a for-profit article promoting a for-profit film, neither of which I am affiliated with,” Knox continued.
Knox continues her 30-tweet defense — which was also published on Medium — by objecting to the term “Amanda Knox saga.”
According to Knox, that phrase implies that she was responsible for the mayhem that surrounded her murder investigation, conviction, acquittal, and endless media coverage. She compared her ordeal to that of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, then 22, who was vilified for years following her sexual liaison with then-President Bill Clinton, 49, in the mid-1990s.
“Calling that event the ‘Lewinsky Scandal’ obscures the enormous power disparity, and I’m glad that more people are now referring to it as ‘the Clinton Affair,’ which honors the individual with the most agency in that series of events,” Knox explains.
As outraged as Knox was at the time of Kercher’s death, she continues to take issue with how the events surrounding the murder are remembered today.
According to Knox, this is not the first time she has felt exploited by the media and entertainment industries. She also alluded to a “terrible Lifetime movie,” a Fox show, and a book by Malcolm Gladwell, whom she said made amends by participating in her podcast.
She hopes those associated with “Stillwater” will follow suit.
“Foxy Knoxy,” as she was dubbed during her trial, quotes a Vanity Fair article in which the film’s director states that he chose to “leave the Amanda Knox case behind” and instead focus on “this piece of the story — an American woman studying abroad who becomes involved in some sort of sensational crime and ends up in jail — and fictionalize everything around it.”
Knox maintains that her story is one of “an American woman who was not involved in a sensational crime but was wrongfully convicted.”
“I comprehend,” Knox wrote. “There is profit to be had, and you are under no obligation to contact me.”