On Monday, an Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox’s murder conviction and freed the 24-year-old after she spent almost four years in prison, but HLN host and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Nancy Grace feels justice was not served.
“I was very disturbed, because I think it is a huge miscarriage of justice,” Grace told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson after Monday’s “DWTS” when asked about the high profile trial that also saw her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, cleared of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007.
“I believe that while Amanda Knox did not wield the knife herself, I think that she was there, with her boyfriend, and that he did the deed, and that she egged him on. That’s what I think happened,” Grace said, sharing her opinion.
Although the court overturned the conviction primarily based on discredited DNA evidence, Knox says she was not there the night of the murder, the Associated Press reported.
”[Kercher] 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 told the court on Monday. “I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there.”
Many celebrities took to Twitter on Monday celebrating the verdict, but Grace claims to have more information than most.
“I think that people in general, including myself, want to believe good about other people and the population wants to believe that Amanda Knox is innocent. They want to believe that and I don’t blame them,” she explained. “I’d like to believe it too, I just happen to know the facts.”
With Knox back in the U.S., many are wondering who will land the first interview with the headline-maker, but the HLN host isn’t throwing her hat into the ring.
“I’m not trying to get Amanda Knox’s first interview because ... my show does not pay for interviews in any way,” Grace told Robinson. “I think whether she gets paid outright or whether it’s a licensing fee for a photograph, that’s the way a lot of networks get around paying for interviews, I absolutely would not stand to be on a show where we pay for guests or interviews. Second, I don’t think she’s going to tell the truth anyway, so what’s the point?”
Knox arrived home in Seattle on Tuesday night.
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