Attorneys Want Amanda Knox Lifetime Movie Cancelled

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The Lifetime television movie, AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY, is scheduled to premiere on February 21, featuring Heroes star Hayden Panettiere. But in a Hollywood twist, attorneys for Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have formally petitioned that Lifetime put an end to the film about their trial for the sexual assault and murder of Meredith Kercher. According to Associated Press, attorneys Carlo Dalla Vedova and Luca Maori have said that they sent letters warning Lifetime to cancel the release of the film and trailer; otherwise they would go to U.S. court and try to sequester the film.

In 2009, American exchange student Knox and ex-boyfriend Sollecito were found guilty of killing Kercher, Knox’s British roommate in Perugia, Italy. Consequently, Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito received 25 years. Both deny wrongdoing. Their appeals trial is in motion.

Associated Press states that the victim’s father and Maori have criticized the re-enactment scenes as “absolutely horrific” and “beyond any logic”, used only to attract viewers.

The network is not commenting at this time, according to Les Eisner, a spokesman for Lifetime’s parent company, A&E Television Networks.