NO ONE WINS: Amanda Knox calls Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial a 'spectacle'
Knox believes that the Depp-Heard trial has been turned into a ’spectacle’ with no winners and that she sympathizes with the unfortunate couple
Amanda Knox commented on Johnny Depp's defamation trial against Amber Heard on Tuesday, May 24, writing that the trial-turned-’spectacle’ has no clear winners and that she sympathizes with the unfortunate couple. In an editorial published in The Independent, Knox stated, “Who wins in a trial like this? Not Depp. Not Heard. Not us.”
Knox, who spent four years in an Italian jail after being falsely accused of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, claims that she understands ‘what it’s like to have the public decide you’re guilty.’ “I am still dealing with the psychological trauma of the public shaming I’ve endured. It’s no small thing” she added.
Who is Amanda Knox?
Amanda Marie Knox is an author, activist, and journalist from the United States. In 2009, Knox was found guilty of Kercher's murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison. After spending four years in prison she was released after an appeal court determined that procedural processes had not been followed and that there was no DNA linking her to the crime site. During the trial, she was chastised by the media as 'Foxy Knoxy,’ 'sex-mad American party girl,’ and 'evil temptress.'
Knox also spoke out when Depp lost his 2020 UK libel case against The Sun. She said, “not because I knew he was innocent of abuse, but because … he was being punished by the court of public opinion without a guarantee for proportional sentencing or a right to appeal.” Knox also expressed her sympathy for Heard after witnessing the trial in Fairfax, Virginia, stating, “There’s a special kind of rancor that is directed at women. The more credible evidence that has emerged in Heard’s favor, the more violent the rhetoric against her has become.”
Knox further wrote on The Independent, “the death threats are not just online,” referencing that two Depp supporters were kicked out of court for allegedly making threats against Heard. She said, “As someone who’s received plenty of death threats, I can tell you that, while it’s a fairly safe assumption that most are empty rhetoric fueled by rageful echo chambers, misinformation, and anonymity, you never know. And that slim chance is terrifying.”
For the uninitiated, Depp is currently suing the 'Aquaman’ star for defamation after she dubbed herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic violence.’ Heard then sued him for $100 million, alleging that he defamed her when he and his lawyer, Adam Waldman, claimed in 2020 that she had made up all the assault accusations and dubbed them as ‘hoax.'
Knox, on the other hand, didn’t reveal her option on the trial process, however, she did conclude her op-ed by advising readers against turning a court struggle into gossip-filled entertainment. “No one, not even the privileged and wealthy, should have to face such unforgiving and unaccountable judgment,” Knox remarked.