Piers Morgan and Amanda Knox in furious spat over interview snub

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Amanda Knox and Piers Morgan have clashed over her claims she turned down an interview with him (Credit: AP)

Amanda Knox has hit back at Piers Morgan after he accused her of disrespecting Meredith Kercher’s family with their “self-pitying” tour.

Knox - who in 2015 was acquitted of the murder of her roommate Kercher - has made a tearful return to Italy to speak on the subject of wrongful convictions at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena.

Good Morning Britain host Morgan tweeted a picture of Knox at the event and wrote: “Out of respect for Meredith Kercher's poor family, Amanda Knox should stop her self-pitying 'all about me' victim tour - and shut up.”

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Knox, 31, retorted: “Says the guy who's begged me to be on his show multiple times, and I've turned him down every time.”

Morgan then suggested Knox couldn't be trusted to tell the truth by bringing up her false claim that bar owner Patrick Lumumba was involved in Kercher's at the flat they shared in Perugia Italy.

Lumumba spent two weeks in custody before a witness gave him an alibi and Knox later admitted she had made it up, resulting in three years being added to her jail sentence.

Morgan said: "I think we all know why you might wish to avoid interviews with British TV journalists, especially those like me who once worked with Meredith’s father. Mine would start with this question: your lies sent an innocent man Patrick Lumumba to jail, so what else did you lie about?"

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Kercher's family have called Knox’s return to Italy for the first time since she was cleared "inappropriate".

Meredith Kercher was found dead in 2007 at the flat she shared with Knox. Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito pled not guilty but were convicted of the murder in the Italian courts in 2009.

This conviction was overturned at appeal in 2011and Knox returned to the US. Knox refused to attend a retrial in 2013 and was again found guilty in 2014. This conviction was ultimately overturned in 2015.

Burglar Rudy Guede, 32, was convicted of Meredith's sexual assault and murder and is currently halfway through his 16-year sentence.