Amanda Knox arrives in Italy for first time since prison release

Amanda Knox is approached by a journalist upon her arrival in Linate airport Milan Italy

Amanda Knox is approached by a journalist upon her arrival in Linate airport Milan Italy

Knox was ultimately acquitted a final time by Italy's highest court in 2015, and went on to become a journalist and advocate for the wrongly convicted.

Explaining that decision in her essay for Medium, Knox wrote, "I did so because I just wanted to have what every other person around me had, the freedom to shout into the wind and say, 'Here I am!'"

Amanda Knox returned to Italy to speak about wrongful convictions for the first time since being acquitted of murdering her roommate.

Amanda Knox arrived in Italy on Thursday for the first time since she was acquitted of the 2007 murder of her roommate while studying in Perugia.

The killing of Knox's roommate in the university town of Perugia, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, on November 1, 2007 attracted global attention, especially after suspicion fell on the photogenic Knox, and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. In 2013, Knox published Waiting to Be Heard, a memoir of her experience in Italy's criminal-justice system.

Prosecutors described the murder as a drug-fuelled sex game gone awry involving Knox, her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian drifter, Rudy Guede. "They were playing the "did she or didn't she game" that I was already so, so exhausted of".

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The following year she made her Instagram public for the first time - a move that was viewed as ill-advised and shocking to some, but what she described as simply unveiling "all my wonderful cat videos".

She was escorted by plainclothes officers on Thursday and kept her eyes downward as she exited the airport. "It's on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media".

"And as this homecoming looms (or is it a "deployment" or "madness" - no word seems to fit), a different sort of surreal moment is at the forefront of my mind", Knox wrote Wednesday about her return to Italy. "I'm honored to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time".

Knox now lives in Seattle, her hometown, where she attended the University of Washington, with her fiance Christopher Robinson, a novelist, and their two cats. Feeling frayed, so I made my own inspirational workplace poster.

"Thrust into the spotlight against my will in 2007, the year of the iPhone and the takeoff of Twitter and Facebook, the most intimate details of my life - from my sexual history to my thoughts of death and suicide in prison - were taken from my private diary and leaked to the media", she wrote.

Knox is not expected to visit Perugia on the trip and the Kercher family lawyer Francesco Maresca said that she would not be welcome there.

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