We previously reported the portrayal of real-life University of Washington student Amanda Knox by Heroesstar Hayden Panettiere, 21, and shared with you the official trailer for the made-for-TV Lifetime movie.
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy is set to premiere on Lifetime tonight, February 21, 2011. Reports are indicating that the film will be airing amidst controversy from all sides.
Amanda’s lawyers filed a complaint Feb. 3, against Lifetime TV, YouTube and Google to pull trailers from the Web. A report in the British media said a graphic scene showing Amanda Knox participating in the fatal stabbing of her English roommate has been removed from the movie. So far, the media is only aware of this one concession in regards to film edits to protect Knox’s innocence on trial pertaining to this film.
“Amanda was amazingly shocked by it,” Chris Mellas, Amanda’s step father, told ABC News. “She said she literally started hyper ventilating and said she felt like she was going to throw up. This thing with Lifetime is them doing nothing more then trying to make a buck. It’s disgusting.”
Panettiere doesn’t see a problem with the film. “It’s a very controversial topic and I don’t think people are going to have a problem with it,” she explained while promoting the film. “It’s pretty fact-driven and ends right when she gets convicted.”
The actress does admit, however, that what the Italian courts did to Knox was wrong.
“Guilty or innocent, I think what they did to her was and is horrible. I mean you look at the girl and they just made such an example out of her in my opinion. Here we are innocent until proven guilty and over there you’re guilty until proven innocent which, you know, can really throw you for a whirl,” Hayden told the host, via USA Today.
Marcia Gay Harden also stars in Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.
Knox was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. She is currently in Italy fighting for her freedom.