Amanda Knox was recently re-convicted, alongside Raffaele Sollecito, of killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher back in 2007. Now, the 25-year-old is speaking out in a new interview with The Guardian about her refusal to return to Italy and the guilt she feels over accusing barman Patrick Lumumba of the murder.
Lumumba, Knox's former boss at a nearby bar, was held in custody for two weeks after Knox told police she heard him kill Kercher in the house they shared in Italy. Now, Knox reveals that she "really struggled what happened with Patrick," saying she knows how hurt he was over the accusations.
In the Guardian interview Knox explains, "Granted, I was in a position where I couldn't give answers. But if you read what I said after my interrogations, I said I could not testify against him, and yet his lawyer continues to say I was going to let him languish in prison. And the police kept him when he had an alibi, so his anger is misdirected."
Knox goes on to explain the breakdown she faced when she falsely named Lumumba: "When I named Patrick, I just started weeping. I thought, Oh my God, it must be true what they're saying. I must have witnessed my friend's murder somehow, and now I'm traumatised enough to not even remember it. And to be drawn into this horrible idea of what happened was so completely overwhelming that I just wept for I don't know how long. I was delirious."
Knox was later found guilty of slandering Patrick Lumumba and given an additional three year sentence.
Also in the The Guardian interview, Knox reveals she feels trapped after the new verdict, but is trying to keep her head high: "I'm trying to stay in the present moment, just do things, because otherwise it's overwhelming."
Meanwhile, Knox's former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito told PEOPLE that he has no regrets about returning to Italy because he has nothing to hide. Sollecito faces 26 years in prison while Knox received 28 and a half years.