Amanda Knox is planning on “facing her fears” and going back to Italy for the first time since she was convicted — and then exonerated — of her roommate’s murder 12 years ago.
Speaking to a crowd at a True Crime festival in New York, the 31-year-old said she’s not sure how the citizens of Perugia will react to her return.
“It’s almost like I got to just leave it all behind and come home to America but it’s all still very raw there – people haven’t moved on and I don’t know how they would react to me…,” Knox said at Saturday’s event, according to The Sun.
“I know I have to go back at some point I’ve just got to prepare myself for it.”
The Seattle-native and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of killing 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, who was found half-naked with her throat slashed and multiple stab wounds November 2007.
Prosecutors claimed Kercher’s death was caused by a threesome gone awry inside the apartment the girls shared during their year abroad.
The woman once dubbed “Foxy Knoxy” and Sollecito spent four years in an Italian jail before being exonerated. She hasn’t been back to Perugia since.
“You have got to face up to your fears alone if you want to heal, and I know the main thing that still terrifies me most is returning to Italy,” she said. “It’s something I know I have to do and I will do it but it really does scare me.”
In January, Italy was ordered to pay Knox $21,000 in damages after the European Court of Human Rights found that her rights were violated when she wasn’t given an interpreter or access to a lawyer during a night of questioning about Kercher’s murder.
A man from the Ivory Coast named Rudy Hermann Guede is currently serving a 16-year sentence for Kercher’s rape and murder.