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Amanda Knox accuses media of building false narrative around her murder trial, appeals process

Amanda Knox, the American woman previously accused of murder in Italy, argues that her trial played out in the media instead of in a courtroom and blames news outlets for running misleading stories about her case.

At a conference in Italy where she spoke about criminal justice and the media, Knox said that her case involved news outlets fueling a "false and baseless story, which fueled people's fantasies and talked to their fears," The Associated Press reported.

Knox reportedly added that she was depicted "on the global scene as cunning, psychopath, drug-addicted, whore. Guilty," according to the AP.

The visit to the conference in Modena, Italy, marked Knox's first return to the country since she was acquitted a second time in the slaying of her British roommate following a previous trial in 2011.

She told attendees Saturday that she made the trip despite fears of being "molested, derided, framed, that new accusations will be directed against me for telling my truth."

Guido Sola, one of the conference's organizers, said earlier this week that he had invited Knox because the American represents an example of someone who was definitively acquitted but still faces backlash in the public sphere.

"Amanda has been definitively acquitted in court, but in the popular imagination she is still guilty, because she has been the victim of a barbaric media trial," Sola told CNN this week.

Knox currently hosts several true crimes shows, has published a book since her acquittal, and in January was the winner in a court battle that found Italy liable for financial damages over authorities' failure to provide her with transportation prior to her trial.