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'Heinous crimes' Amanda Knox claims interest in Ghislaine Maxwell trial was 'opportunity to vilify a woman'

Ghislaine Maxwell (60) was found guilty on five counts of sex trafficking last month.

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Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox has said that public interest in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was an “opportunity to vilify a woman for sex crimes.”

Knox (34) spent almost four years in an Italian prison after being wrongfully convicted of the murder of British university student Meredith Kercher, whom she shared an apartment with in Perugia during an exchange, in 2007.

She said that while Maxwell's crimes were undoubtedly “very heinous,” she was left wondering why the case piqued interest more than others.

“Maxwell’s defence was, ‘Well, you are just trying to find me guilty because Jeffrey Epstein is dead and you want to hold somebody accountable for crimes, but it shouldn’t be me,’” she told Times Radio.

“I thought that was an interesting defensive strategy on her part, that she was trying to hide behind the crimes of the man when she was in fact guilty of her own set of crimes.

“But at the same time, a part of me did think that part of the reason why there’s so much interest in this case is because we wanted to hold Epstein accountable, and she’s the next best thing.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of helping to procure teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein (Chris Ison/PA)

Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of helping to procure teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein (Chris Ison/PA)

Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of helping to procure teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein (Chris Ison/PA)

Continuing, she argued: “Maxwell was obviously guilty of these terrible crimes and should be held accountable for her crimes. But also, we should be careful and mindful as a society when we have such raging interest in some cases over others.

“The reason why we really, really cared about this case was because it was the opportunity to vilify a woman for sex crimes.”

Last month, 60-year-old Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five counts of sex trafficking after a jury found that she facilitated the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Jeffery Epstein.

She is set to be sentenced for her sex crimes on June 28th and could face up to 65 years in prison.

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