Amanda Knox, the American college student who made international headlines after her 2009 murder conviction in an Italian court, will finally grant her first televised interview. ABC News announced today that the exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer will air on April 30 at 10:00 p.m. during an ABC News Primetime Special.
Knox was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy when she was arrested in connection with the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007. She was convicted of the crime in December 2009 and spent a total of four years in prison before being released on appeal in November 2011. The arrest, investigation and trial became a media circus, as both Italian and American media outlets offered extensive coverage of the events and of Knox's personal life.
The salacious nature of the murder captured worldwide attention. Kercher was found beaten and stabbed, and her throat was cut. She had also been sexually assaulted. Knox, her Italian boyfriend who had a known penchant for knives, and an Ivory Coast exchange student with an admitted sexual interest in both Knox and Kercher, became the prime suspects.
Details of Knox's sexual exploits and her irrational behavior while in police custody cast a pall on her character throughout the proceedings. She has rarely commented on her conviction or her successful appeal. The ABC News interview will air in conjunction with the release of Knox's highly-anticipated memoir "Waiting to Be Heard."