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Amanda Knox on lesbian prison hookups

Amanda Knox has revealed she was the centre of a woman's affections during her time in an Italian prison.

The 29-year-old, who was wrongfully convicted of the sexual assault and murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in 2009, has spoken about her relationship with a female drug dealer she calls "Leny" during her time behind bars.

"Between 2007 and 2011, I was imprisoned for a murder I didn't commit", Amanda writes on women's site Broadly, in an article titled What Romance In Prison Is Actually Like.

Amanda reveals her prison relationship. Source: Getty
Amanda reveals her prison relationship. Source: Getty

"By the time Leny entered the picture, I had already served three of those years. I didn't talk to her. I didn't talk to most people. Generally, I kept to myself."


Amanda adds romances between inmates in the Capanne Prison weren't uncommon, with many having "crushes on one another".

"They passed love letters through the bars. They gave each other presents: drawings of flowers, or little crocheted satchels for holding a Walkman," she continues.

"One half of a notoriously tumultuous couple sulked and glared whenever her partner acted too friendly with other inmates."

The then-25-year-old said she never entertained the idea of getting close with her fellow cellmates during her time behind bars until the day she met Leny.

"I didn't really have friends in prison. [I was] singled out as 'the famous one' by both inmates and officers... my fellow prisoners resented me for all the attention I received."

Amanda during her trial. Source: Getty
Amanda during her trial. Source: Getty

Saying that she "noticed her immediately", Amanda described Leny as "petite, with a paunchy belly and short, dark hair", with the two bonding in the exercise yard where she was "cautiously friendly".

"We walked the perimeter together. She told me she was a lesbian and I told her I was straight."

Despite growing close with Leny, Amanda's new friend overstepped the mark when she kissed the American university student.

"Leny wanted to hold hands. 'I've changed women before,' she'd tell me. 'I can do things to you that no man can.' I felt objectified and I'd get annoyed," Amanda continues.

"'You can't change me,' I'd respond. She'd think I was playing hard to get. One day, Leny kissed me. I gritted my teeth and half-smiled, wavering between embarrassment and anger... I told Leny that since she couldn't respect my boundaries, we couldn't be friends anymore."

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After the encounter Amanda writes things became "tense" between her and her former friend, and that she was "relieved" once Leny was released, however she adds that she still received gifts and letters from Leny while in prison, but "never replied" and is no longer in touch with her.

Amanda was acquitted of her crime in 2011, returning to the United States to finish her university degree and began writing for a series of publications.

This is the first time she has written about her experiences behind bars since last year's Netflix documentary sparked renewed interest in her case.

She was acquitted of her crime in 2011. Source: Getty
She was acquitted of her crime in 2011. Source: Getty

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