In tell-all memoir, Amanda Knox claims she was sexually harassed by prison guards, lesbian inmates


Amanda Knox waves to supporters as she makes her first appearance at SeaTac Airport after arriving in Seattle following her release from prison in Italy on October 4, 2011. Knox arrived home a day after she was acquitted of murder and sexual assault charges and freed from jail in Italy.


Kevin Casey

Amanda Knox claims in her autobiography that she was sexually harassed by prison guards in Italy while serving four years in an Italian jail.

The Seattle woman was convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher while studying abroad in Italy but had the conviction dramatically overturned on appeal in 2011.

In "Waiting To Be Heard," Knox — now studying creative writing at the University of Washington — also claims that she was harassed by fellow inmates, one of whom wanted to start a lesbian relationship, according to the British tabloid The Daily Mail.

And she reportedly writes in the book — being published by HarperCollins in a deal worth $4 million — about how she was falsely told by officials that she was HIV positive and about being labeled a "she devil" and a "witch" by prosecutor's in Italy.

"Waiting to be Heard" is scheduled to be published in the US on April 30, but according to The Guardian, the its release is being indefinitely postponed in the UK owing to Britain's strict libel laws.

A spokesperson said:

"Due to our legal system, and relying upon advice from our counsel, HarperCollins UK will not publish a British edition of Waiting to Be Heard, by Amanda Knox, at this time."

Reportedly expanding on letters she reportedly sent to friends, Knox wrote that one particular prison guard at Capanne Prison, where she was held, Raffaele Argiro, would summon her for "chitchats" alone in his office at night.

The Daily Mail cites Knox as saying of Argiro:

"He was fixated on the topic of sex — who I’d done it with, how I liked it . . . if I would like to do it with him. I was so surprised and scandalized by his provocations that . . . I would try to change the subject."

He would accompany her "to almost all my medical visits — two times a day," she added.

The New York Daily News wrote that Argiro was now retired after initially being suspended from duty because of accusations he sexually assaulted another female prisoner

ABC News cites Vanity Fair contributing editor Judy Bachrach as saying:

"Obviously to hit on a prisoner who has no power when you're a man who is a prison official with enormous power, is very, very scary for a young woman."

Knox's lawyer, Bob Barnett, has described the memoir as a blockbuster "that will shock to the core."