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Amanda Knox was 'Jessica Rabbit,' a girl in love, says lawyer

Amanda Knox was no femme fatale, says her ex-boyfriend's laywer. Amanda Knox, an American college student convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy, is appealing the verdict.

Amanda Knox is escorted to the court for her appeals case, Perugia, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.

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American student Amanda Knox was a young woman in love when jailed for the murder of a roommate in an Italian university town, nothing like the man-eater portrayed in court, a lawyer for her ex-boyfriend said on Tuesday.

Raffaele Sollecito's lawyer likened Knox to cartoon femme fatale Jessica Rabbit and said she was a besotted young woman who barely spoke Italian when she was accused of killing her British roommate. She was sentenced to 26 years in jail.

Knox has been described as "diabolical", a "witch" and a "she-devil" during three days of a court hearing into an appeal against verdicts that found her and Sollecito guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007 during a sex game gone wrong.

"Knox could be compared to Jessica Rabbit," said Giulia Bongiorno, a lawyer for Sollecito. "She may appear to be a man-eater. In reality, she was a faithful woman in love."

Jessica Rabbit is a voluptuous but faithful femme fatale from the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", where she famously says "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way".


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