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Amanda Knox, who has been in seclusion since her release from an Italian prison, is finally venturing out.

Her return to the public was no more than a trip to a store for toothpaste and a chocolate bar, but it was a deliciously simple act that had been denied her during her four years in an Italian prison.

Ironically, one of her last acts in prison was the inmate ritual of snapping her toothbrush and carrying it outside the walls of Capanne prison before throwing it away.

Knox’s foray into the public comes as more details of her prison ordeal emerge, specifically how she was sexually harassed.

Knox’s younger sister Deanna told ABC News that she saw the remnants of the harassment firsthand while visiting her sister in prison.

“There was something right in front of me and so I put my arm over it,” Deanna Knox said.

Deanna Knox said she covered up scribbled words that read “Amanda is a whore.”

On one occasion, a male guard reportedly entered Knox’s cell alone, despite a policy against it, and made sexual remarks, ABC News has confirmed. On another occasion, a high ranking prison official allegedly ordered Knox into his office at night and wanted to talk about sex.

Amanda Knox Was Sexually Harassed in Prison

“I think the Italian courts…the first time around practically made sure that Amanda was going to be harassed in prison since they made her sex life so much of a focus of the first trial, ” said Vanity Fair’s Judy Bachrach who has covered the case extensively.

Shortly after her arrest, prison officials tricked Knox, falsely telling her that her medical check-up revealed that she was HIV positive and asked her for a list of lovers for health reasons. The list that a distraught Knox provided to officials was soon leaked and became headlines in tabloid newspapers.

“Please oh please,” she wrote in her prison diary at the time. “Let it not be true. I don’t want to die.”

ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said that Knox could have the basis for a lawsuit but filing one would require a return to Italy.

Knox, 24, was released from prison earlier this month when she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 27, successfully appealed their murder conviction. They had been accused of murdering Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher in a cottage the two women shared in Perugia, Italy.

Sollecito has not spoken publicly since his release but his father told the press that his son is getting used to being at home.

“It’s as if he has been reborn and he is getting used to the simple things in life again, things that he has not been able to do for four years and this will take some time,” said Francesco Sollecito.

Meanwhile, a juror who overturned Knox’s conviction told Italy’s state-run RAI television that he has no doubt that Knox and Sollecito are innocent.

“I saw the faces of these two kids, and they couldn’t bluff. They didn’t bluff. My point of view is that these kids weren’t guilty. They weren’t there,” said Mauro Chialli.

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Amanda Knox’s dad: ABC producer gave kids her room

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NEW YORK (AP) — The courtship of Amanda Knox’s family by American television networks eager to win an exclusive interview with her extended to providing temporary accommodations for two of her younger sisters.

Knox’s father, Curt Knox, said Friday that an ABC producer let his daughters Ashley, 16, and Delaney, 13, stay in her room while court was in session. He said a CBS producer did, too, and an NBC producer offered to.

Amanda Knox, 24, returned to the United States on Tuesday after an Italian court overturned her murder conviction in the death of her roommate. The former exchange student from Seattle had been in custody since 2007.

Networks are competing for an interview with her, even before it’s clear if she’ll even tell her story in that venue. There has been increased attention lately on how networks get these interviews, with ABC declaring this summer it would no longer pay interview subjects to license photos or videos, seen as a dodge of the common journalistic practice of not paying people to tell their stories.

Producers might be able to help the Knoxes see if they could find care for their teenage daughters, but offering something with a specific monetary value — their hotel rooms — isn’t a good idea, said Kelly McBride, senior faculty member for ethics at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank.

Even without a specific expectation of something in return, “it is unfair to the source because they are in a position of vulnerability,” McBride said.

Curt Knox said that although ABC producer Nikki Battiste permitted his children to use her room, she was doing her job and did not babysit the teenagers. He said Battiste wasn’t in the room with them.

ABC News spokeswoman Jeffrey Schneider said the network didn’t have a problem with Battiste’s actions.

Knox said that CBS producer Sabina Castelfranco also permitted the children to use her room. But CBS spokeswoman Sonya McNair denied this, saying Castelfranco turned down the request when asked and checked out of the small hotel. McNair said it was unclear whether the room was made available to the children after Castelfranco checked out.

Knox said NBC producer Stephanie Siegel offered her room but it wasn’t used. NBC spokeswoman Lauren Kapp denied that such an offer was made.

Battiste and Siegel also accompanied Knox’s wife and the two girls on a shopping trip near the Italian courtroom but didn’t buy anything for the family, he said.

It’s unclear whether any efforts by networks to ingratiate themselves with Knox will make any difference.

“The kind gesture to allow my younger daughters, who couldn’t get into the courtroom due to age, will not have any influence as to which network, if any, that Amanda may choose to go with in the future,” he said.

For Amanda Knox, freedom comes at hefty cost

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/05/earlyshow/main20115856.shtml

(CBS/AP)

Amanda Knox left Seattle as an anonymous junior attending Washington’s
flagship public university, and on Tuesday she returned as someone whose release
from an Italian jail made her internationally recognizable.

 

But her freedom came with a price, CBS News correspondent Hattie Kauffman
reports.

 

The 24-year-old’s life turned around dramatically Monday when an Italian
appeals court threw out her conviction in the sexual assault and fatal stabbing
of her British roommate. On Tuesday, photos of Amanda Knox crying in the
courtroom after the verdict was read appeared on the front pages of newspapers
in Italy, the U.S., Britain and around the world.

 

 

Special Section:
The Appeal Trial of Amanda Knox

Amanda
Knox: I’m overwhelmed right now

Amanda
Knox’s alleged accomplice wants retrial

 

 

Knox’s first challenge will be repaying the more than $1 million in legal
debts her family piled up in the past two years.

Her parents each took out second mortgages and drained retirement accounts to
pay for her lawyers. Elizabeth Huff, Knox’s grandmother, took out a $250,000
loan to help pay bills, a burden she welcomed.

 

“We are happy; we are elated,” Huff said. “I can’t tell you how happy we
are.”

 

With the international media frenzy that surrounded Knox’s trial continuing
on the journey home — from her flight out of Rome to her landing in Seattle —
there’s no sign the interest in Knox or her story will let up soon. That could
open up an avenue for the family to pay off those debts.

Sources close to Knox tell CBS News that she began to write a memoir while in
prison. That could be worth millions to publishers eager to profit on one of the
most sensational international legal cases in memory.

On CBS’ “The Early Show” Wednesday, Knox’s U.S. attorney, Theodore Simon, said
her writings weren’t discussed during her reunion with family and friends
Tuesday night.

 

 

 

(Watch at left)

 

 

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more to come, but I can tell you very
candidly none of those things were discussed last night in any way,” Simon told
“Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill. “In fact, Amanda is much more about asking
people how they are as opposed to explaining herself, and it was only after much
time and some curiosity where others started asking some questions about her
prison experience, and when everyone hears about all of those I think they are
really going to be really amazed.”

 

As for Knox’s future, her father, Curt Knox, said she would like to return to
the University of Washington at some point to finish her degree.

 

For now, he’s apprehensive about what four years in prison may have done to
his daughter, though there are no immediate plans for her to get counseling.
“What’s the trauma … and when will it show up, if it even shows up?” he told
The Associated Press. “She’s a very strong girl, but it’s been a tough time for
her.”

For now, Knox has just one priority.

 

“My family’s the most important thing to me right now, and I just want to go
be with them,” Knox told reporters Tuesday night. “Thank you for being there for
me.”

 

Amanda Knox

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/03/501364/main20114867.shtml

(CBS/AP)

Last Updated 4:04 p.m. ET

PERUGIA, Italy – American student Amanda Knox, who was convicted by an
Italian court for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, was
acquitted today by an appeals court.

Her murder conviction in the 2007 slaying of her roommate Meredith Kercher
was thrown out by the jury, and she was ordered immediately released from prison
after nearly four years of detention.

Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict was read out Monday.

Her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also found not guilty.

Knox and Sollecito had been convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and
murdering Kercher, who was stabbed to death in her bedroom. She was found in a
pool of blood and covered by a duvet the following day.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Also convicted in
separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man. They all denied
wrongdoing.

As the verdict was announced, about a dozen supporters from the group called
Friends of Amanda, gathered at a downtown Seattle hotel to watch the proceedings
on TV, burst into applause and cheered. They began chanting, “She’s free!” and
“We did it!”

Earlier Monday, as hundreds of reporters and cameras filled the underground,
frescoed courtroom, Knox tearfully told the Italian appeals court she did not
kill her British roommate, pleading for the court to free her so she can return
to the United States after four years behind bars. The court began deliberations
moments later.

Knox frequently paused for breath and fought back tears as she spoke in
Italian to the six members of the jury and two judges in a packed courtroom, but
managed to maintain her composure during the 10-minute address.

“I’ve lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way
possible,” she said of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton
who shared an apartment with Knox when they were both students in Perugia. “I’m
paying with my life for things that I didn’t do.”

“She had her bedroom next to mine, she was killed in our own apartment. If I
had been there that night, I would be dead,” Knox said. “But I was not
there.”

“I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t
there at the crime,” Knox said.

“48 Hours Mystery” correspondent Peter Van Sant reports that Knox appealed to
the jury – members of which wept openly during her statement – to reverse the
conviction and let her return home.

“I insist I’m innocent and that must be defended. I just want to go home, go
back to my life,” she told the court through tears.

Van Sant says Knox’s words brought tears even to the eyes of some journalists
in the room.

Minutes before, an anxious Sollecito also addressed the court to proclaim his
innocence and plead for his release from prison.

“I never hurt anyone, never in my life,” Sollecito said, shifting as he spoke
and stopping to sip water. He said at the time of the murder he was in a great
period of his life, close to defending his thesis to graduate from university
and having just met Knox.

The weekend Kercher was murdered was the first the pair planned to spend
together “in tenderness and cuddles,” he said.

At the end of his 17-minute address, Sollecito took off a white rubber
bracelet emblazoned with “Free Amanda and Raffaele” that he said he was been
wearing for four years.

“I have never taken it off. Many emotions are concentrated in this bracelet,”
he said. “Now I want to pay homage to the court. The moment to take it off has
arrived.”

The Kerchers have arrived in a Perugia hotel and are expected to be in court
for the verdict.

Speaking this morning, Stephanie Kercher said her sister “has been most
forgotten” in the media circus surrounding the high-profile trial.

“As long as they decide today based purely on the information available to
them and they don’t look into the media hype, I think justice will be found,”
she told reporters.

Kercher
family doesn’t want victim forgotten

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Harry Potter fans will have to wait a bit longer to buy the magic tales in electronic form.

The creators of the online Potter portal said Friday that the launch of an e-book store has been pushed back to next year.

The seven Harry Potter books had been due to go on sale in October, exclusively through the “Pottermore” website.

The site is a combination of virtual encyclopedia, role-playing game and online community for fans of author J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard.

It launched in July and is so far accessible to 1 million registered users chosen through an online competition.

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In a blog posting on the site, “Pottermore” management said registration would be open to everyone from the end of October, and the online store would open in “the first half of 2012.”

The posting said use of the site so far had been “phenomenal,” and the delay would “allow us to focus on our first priority: opening ‘Pottermore’ to as many people as possible and making the experience as good as it can be.”

The Harry Potter novels have sold 450 million copies — and made Rowling one of the world’s richest women, with a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at $1 billion — but have never been available as e-books.

Rowling annoyed some booksellers with her decision to circumvent established retailers and sell the e-books and digital audio books through her own site.

The creators of “Pottermore” say the books will be compatible with popular e-readers, including Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader and Apple’s iPad.

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Online: www.pottermore.com

 

September 11, 2001

This year marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and I got to thinking about where I was when I first heard about it. I was sitting in Mrs. Smith second grade class when the teacher across the hall way, Mr Bridges, came in and told Mrs. Smith what had just happened. Being as young as I was I didn’t quiet understand what had taken place. Now 10 years later and a senior in high school it seem like most of my childhood we’ve been at war. Like many other people my age I have questions about that day. Why did this happen? and Who all was involved? But most of all what now? Today in church our guest speaker’s message was center around what had happen 10 years ago. I can’t help feeling sad, because so many people have loved ones who passed on that day. It makes me wonder is God trying tell us something. If he is what is it? I guess we’ll find out in time I guess.

FILE - In this May 17, 2010 file photo, TV personality John Walsh attends the FOX Upfront presentation in New York. "America's Most Wanted" is resuming its decades-long run on a new network, Lifetime, host John Walsh and the network said Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)http://news.yahoo.com/john-walsh-bring-most-wanted-lifetime-221109708.html

NEW YORK (AP) — “America’s Most Wanted” is resuming its decades-long run on a new network, Lifetime, host John Walsh and the network said Tuesday.

The deal will restore to the air Walsh’s weekly criminal roundup, which since 1988 has helped bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice.

The series will return for its 25th season later this year.

In May, Fox announced it was axing the series, citing high production costs, though the network said it would air four quarterly specials in the coming season. The first of those specials will air in October.

But Fox’s final weekly “AMW” was telecast in June.

In a happy coincidence, on Saturday, Walsh will get a special Emmy Award in tribute to his show.

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Gadhafi’s regime teeters on collapse in Libya

Libyan rebel fighters embrace at the former female military base in Tripoli, Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime, but scattered battles erupted and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)People celebrate the capture in Tripoli of Moammar Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, early Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli Sunday and met little resistance as Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 42-year rule rapidly crumbled. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Libyan rebel fighters fire towards forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi during fierce gunfire in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. World leaders said Monday the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi's regime and began planning for Libya's future without the man who has held power there for 42 years. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was nowhere to be found Monday as his 42-year rule teetered on the brink of collapse. Months of NATO airstrikes have left his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli largely demolished. Most of his security forces fled or surrendered when rebel forces rolled into the capital Sunday night and took control of most of the city. And three of his sons are under arrest.

 

A mood of joy mixed with trepidation settled over the capital, with the rebels still fighting pockets of fierce resistance from regime loyalists firing mortars and anti-aircraft guns. Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Rahman, who was in Tripoli, said the “danger is still there” as long as Gadhafi remains on the run.

“The real moment of victory is when Gadhafi is captured,” Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, head of the rebel National Transitional Council, told a news conference in the opposition’s de facto capital of Benghazi, hundreds of miles east of Tripoli. He said the rebels have no idea where Gadhafi is and whether he is even in Tripoli. An Obama administration official said the U.S. had no indication that Gadhafi had left Libya.

President Barack Obama said the situation in Libya reached a tipping point in recent days after a five month NATO-led bombing campaign. However, he acknowledged that the situation remained fluid and that elements of the regime remained a threat.

The Obama administration official said U.S. officials and NATO partners had not been in contact with Gadhafi during the siege on Tripoli. However, the official said American and NATO representatives, as well as Libyan rebels, had all been in contact with people around Gadhafi, mostly those looking for a way out.

NATO vowed to keep up its air campaign until all pro-Gadhafi forces surrender or return to their barracks. The alliance’s warplanes have hit at least 40 targets in and around Tripoli in the past two days — the highest number on a single geographic location since the bombing started in March, NATO said.

A day after the rebels rode into the city of 2 million, the situation remained volatile. Even though rebels claimed they were in control of most of Tripoli, they still appeared to be on the defensive, ducking for cover during frequent clashes with regime fighters. Throughout the day, the rebels sent reinforcements to the city from the north, south and southeast, and a rebel field commander said more than 4,000 fighters were part of the final push to bring down the regime.

The Obama administration official said the U.S. believes 90 percent of the capital is under rebel control, while regime loyalists still control Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte and the southern city of Sabha.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically.

Intense gunbattles erupted throughout the day and city was too unstable for any mass celebrations in the streets.

Clashes broke out early in the day at Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound when government tanks emerged from the complex and opened fire at rebels trying to get in, according to the rebel spokesman Abdel-Rahman and a neighbor.

Moammar al-Warfali, whose family home is next to the Gadhafi compound, said there appeared to be only a few tanks belonging to the remaining Gadhafi forces who have not fled or surrendered.

“When I climb the stairs and look from the roof, I see nothing at Bab al-Aziziyah. It is totally deserted except for the house which was raided by U.S. in 1986. Nothing else is there. Gadhafi can’t be there,” he said. “NATO has demolished it all and nothing remained.”

But Abdel-Rahman said Gadhafi still has forces to be reckoned with.

“We know that until now, Tripoli is encircled by Gadhafi brigades positioned at the outskirts of the capital, in camps, such as al-Yarmouk in the south of Tripoli. They can be in the middle of the city in half an hour.”

 

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Although Robert Pattinson has been a sex symbol to millions of women, Pattinson recently revealed that he was intimidated by his sex scenes with Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn.

 

According to NME, Twilight Saga actor Robert Pattinson told the German website TVMovie.de that he was intimidated by his sex scenes in Breaking Dawn and his body, as compared to that of Taylor Lautner. “I felt very uncomfortable,” said Pattinson.  “No, a fear had rather something to do with Taylor and his fantastic body.  Jacob, as a werewolf, has bared all already in the last two films. And to be honest, I can’t keep up with him.”

Despite how Robert Pattinson felt about his body, Pattinson also revealed that the sex scene with Kristen Stewart was the only time he didn’t feel like a vampire.

 

Will Daniel Radcliffe Marry Rosanne Coker?

Daniel Radcliffe

Is Daniel Radcliffe already ready to marry his girlfriend
Roseanne Coker?

The identity of his mystery woman was just recently revealed to the public,
but evidently Dan knows her well enough to want to walk down the aisle with
her.

The actor met Roseanne Coker on the set of Harry Potter and the Half
Blood Prince
, and the two have been dating secretly for a year. So while it
might be shocking to the public for Dan to get engaged to the cute brunette,
they’ve actually been together quite a long time by Hollywood standards. After
all, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Nikki Reed
didn’t wait long to get engaged — none of them were together for anything close
to a year before deciding to get married.

There’s just one tiny problem with Daniel Radcliffe’s desire to marry Roseanne
Coker — he allegedly hasn’t mustered up the courage to ask her to marry him
yet. And keep in mind that the news of Dan’s planned proposal comes from “a source,” so it
could turn out to be one of the many false relationship rumors that popular
young stars like Dan have to deal with on a daily basis.

However, he and Roseanne have reportedly already met the in-laws, and
everyone gets on together just fine. So maybe she will end up being the one and
Daniel will become the first young Harry Potter star to get hitched. But if the
proposal rumors prove to be false and Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t plan on walking
down the aisle with a woman in white anytime soon, at least he gets some free
publicity for his movie The Woman in Black out of the tabloid
story.

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