Breaking News about Amanda Knox, 22, and her divorced parents….
It’s a lot for any parent to cope with when a child has been accused of a horrific crime. Compound that with a crime committed in a foreign land, and your child sitting in jail for over two years, this must take it’s toll.
But I bet none of them would trade places with the parents of Amanda Knox’ parents, Curt Knox and Edda Mellas. The divorced duo have been united in their support of their daughter. But things are really getting tough. Amanda Knox as you know is the American college student who was accused of murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy. Both Amanda and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecitowere accused of murdering Amanda’s roomate Meredith Kercher by slitting the young woman’s throat in cold blood following her refusal to participate in some weird, drug fueled sex game. Says ABCNews:
Kercher’s body was discovered on the morning of Nov. 2, 2007, in her room in the cottage she shared with Knox and two Italian women. Kercher had multiple cuts to her throat, and died from a combination of strangulation and suffocating on her own blood.
Amanda’s parents have always maintained that their 22 year old daughter is innocent. But today, an Italian jury convicted the American woman of cold blooded murder and sentenced her to 26 years in prison. Her parents were on hand to hear the verdict and it is reported that the entire family “sobbed loudly.” But as if that is not enough, Mr. Knox and his ex wife Ms. Mellas now find themselves the victims of a lawsuit by Italian police. The police have accused Mr. Knox and Ms. Mellas of defamation in claiming that they beat her daughter while she was behind bars awaiting trial.
According to CBSnews.com:
They told the Sunday Times that Knox told them she “was hit in the back of the head by a police officer with an open hand at least twice”.
Edda Mellas told AP Television News on Saturday that she and her ex-husband found the timing of the lawsuit suspect. “It is odd that the timing is coming out now, five days before the end of the trial,” she said. “This is supposed to be something that happened over a year ago.”
The police officers who were present at the interrogation apparently decided to pursue legal action as early as September 2008, according to ANSA which reported that the lawsuit is being brought by an unspecified number of Perugia police officers who deny mistreating Knox. Defamation through the press carries a sentence of six months to three years in prison and a fine, although a person with no prior police record is unlikely to serve time, according to reports.
But that is not all. CBSNews is also reporting that the Knoxes are being sued by the family of the murdered victim Meredith Kercher. Italian law apparently allows crime victims to seek civl verdicts and so the Kerchers are seeking $37 million American dollars cumulatively from the three accused and convicted murderers – Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, and another man from the Ivory Coast who was convicted two years ago and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Mellas and Knox may be divorced. But they sure are married to nightmare their daughter put them through in the last couple of years. And they may even have to get more intimate than that in jointly defending against all these lawsuits that are flying at them a mile a minute.