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After heated negotiations, Harper Collins has bought the rights to Amanda Knox's memoir, which will be based on the diaries she kept while in prison in Italy.
Amanda Knox has reached a deal with Harper Collins: the major US publishing house has acquired the rights to Knox's memoir, to the tune of $4 million.
Knox, the 24-year-old American student who was convicted for the murder of her British roommate while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, spent four years in prison before being released in October. Her dramatic story set off a bidding war between some of America's wealthiest publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin and Harper Collins, the New York Times reported.
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"Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system," Harper Collins said in a statement Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
The book is tentatively scheduled for 2013, and will make use of the journals Knox kept while in prison in Italy.
A spokeswoman for Harper Collins declined to comment on financial terms of the deal or elaborate on the planned book, saying further details would be released in a statement on Friday, according to Reuters. Knox also declined to comment.
Robert B. Barnett, a well-known Washington lawyer, brokered the deal between Knox and Harper Collins, according to the Times. In 2009, the publishing house released the best-selling book “Going Rogue” by Sarah Palin, who is also one of Barnett's clients.
Knox's case has flared up again in Italy, as prosecutors have asked the courts for an appeal, remaining convinced that Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are responsible for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.
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Sollecito was also freed in October, is planning to shop his own memoir to publishers, possibly later this month, according to the Times.