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Why Amanda Knox is trying to stop her Lifetime biopic

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(Read caption) Amanda Knox, the US student convicted of killing her British roommate in Italy in 2007, looks on during a trial session in Perugia, Italy, on Jan. 22.

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The real-life drama that has swirled around jailed American college student Amanda Knox since she was convicted of murdering her British roommate is set to become even more of a media circus, with a movie about it set to air on the Lifetime television channel in the US on Feb. 21.

Lawyers acting for Ms. Knox have demanded that the movie based on the murder not be aired, and trailers for it be pulled from the Internet. They say it would hurt the chances of the former University of Washington student in her fight to overturn a 26-year jail sentence, handed down by a court in Perugia, Italy, at the culmination of a yearlong trial that already received intense media coverage on both sides of the Atlantic in 2009.

The film, "Amanda Knox: Murder on trial in Italy," stars "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere and includes graphic images that depict the death of Meredith Kercher, the 21-year-old British woman allegedly killed by Knox and two others.


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