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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.

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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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