Three weeks before its scheduled Feb. 21 premiere, the slow-brewing controversy surrounding Lifetime’s Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy is finally threatening to boil over.
Amanda Knox, you’ll recall, is the U.S. exchange student who temporarily dominated international headlines when she and two men — including her then-boyfriend — were convicted in 2009 by an Italian court of sexually assaulting and killing Meredith Kercher, the British student with whom Knox shared a cottage in the Italian village of Perugia. Sentenced to 26 years in prison, Knox is currently seeking an appeal.
Based on testimony from her 11-month trial, Lifetime’s ripped-from-the-headlines docu-drama stars Heroes cheerleader Hayden Panettiere as “Foxy Knoxy.”
But attorneys for the former honors student from Seattle, now 23, aren’t impressed: They’ve demanded that Lifetime pull the picture, starting with the removal of an explicit preview video from its website.