In an essay posted on Twitter and Medium, Amanda Knox criticized the Matt Damon movie “Stillwater,” which premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, saying the film was ripping off her reputation and mischaracterizing events loosely based off of her own life.
“Does my name belong to me? Does my face? What about my life? My story? Why is my name used to refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, and story without my consent. Most recently, the film Stillwater,” Knox, 34, wrote Thursday.
Stillwater is about an Oklahoma oil worker played by Damon who goes to the French city of Marseille after his daughter is imprisoned on murder charges.
Knox, now a journalist, at the age of 20 was accused of killing her roommate in Italy, while she was in a study abroad program. She spent several years in jail before she was acquitted of the crime.
In an interview with Cleveland.com earlier this week, the director of “Stillwater,” Tom McCarthy, said that he “was fascinated" with the Knox story but added that “there’s no similarity in our two stories beyond an American student in jail.”
Knox criticized media coverage over her imprisonment and trial, arguing she continues to be linked to a crime she had no part in.
She said media coverage around the incident was sexist.
“In the wake of #metoo, more people are coming to understand how power dynamics shape a story. Who had the power in the relationship between Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBusiness coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE and Monica Lewinsky? The president or the intern? It matters what you call a thing,” Knox said.
“Calling that event the ‘Lewinsky Scandal’ fails to acknowledge the vast power differential, and I’m glad that more people are now referring to it as ‘the Clinton Affair’ which names it after the person with the most agency in that series of events,” Knox continued.
She said that Damon and McCarthy had “no moral obligation” to consult her about the film “when profiting by telling a story that distorts my reputation in negative ways.”
Knox, however, offered to have them on her "Labyrinths" podcast.
"I bet we could have a fascinating conversation about identity, and public perception, and who should get to exploit a name, face, and story that has entered the public imagination," she wrote.
The Hill has reached out to Universal Pictures for comment.