Did Amanda Knox have a lesbian experience?
In case you aren’t familiar with Amanda Knox, here is a little background: Amanda is a girl from Seattle who travelled to Perugia, Italy to study abroad. She was accused, then later convicted, of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher.
Amanda was in prison from 2007 to 2011. She was eventually exonerated in 2015, and has since opened up about her jail experiences.
Keep reading to find out this shocking story.
Amanda wrote a piece for Broadly, detailing her experiences during her Italian jail time. She opened up about her relationship with Leny, a fellow female inmate.
Amanda writes, “I was cautiously friendly. She told me she was a lesbian and I told her I was straight. Leny told me about how, in Italy, she had experienced a lot of judgment and closed-mindedness. I sympathized. When I was 14, a rumor went around my Catholic high school that I was a lesbian, alienating me from everyone but a small group of my classmates.”
Due to the bullying she experienced, Amanda helped found the Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school. Amanda says, “When I told her that, Leny grinned ear to ear. Afterward, she scampered, puppylike, alongside me as I paced the exercise yard — the next day, and the day after that, and eventually every day.”
She and Leny became close, and Amanda believed that Leny only wanted friendship from her, at least at first. Amanda notes that sexual relationships in prison are not as common as many people think. She also reveals that the punishment for these relationships was extreme. If caught, an inmate could receive solitary confinement, or even be transferred to another facility.
Leny may have started off harmless, but it did not stay that way. Amanda writes, “Leny wanted to hold hands. ‘I’ve changed women before,’ she’d tell me. ‘I can do things to you that no man can.’ I felt objectified and I’d get annoyed. ‘You can’t change me,’ I’d respond. She’d think I was playing hard to get.”
It didn’t stop with hand holding. “One day, Leny kissed me,” Amanda reveals. “I gritted my teeth and half smiled, wavering between embarrassment and anger.”