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Knox back home, still faces legal battles

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hanging out at home, making a run for toothpaste and a Hershey's bar  seemingly ordinary things that Amanda Knox was denied the freedom of doing for four years.

The Seattle woman was released from an Italian prison last week, after her acquittal for murder.

"My family's the most important thing to me right now and I just want to go and be with them so thank you for being there for me," said Knox at a press conference.

Her family's support put them deep into debt.

Friends of the family say Knox's divorced parents each took out second mortgages, rand through credit cards and retirement accounts, in order to help cover legal bills estimated at more than $1 million.

It's not over yet. The family of the victim, Meredith Kercher is moving forward with their $12 million civil lawsuit.

"Until the truth comes out, we can't forgive anyone because no one has even admitted to it," said Stephanie Kercher, sister.

Knox too may pursue a lawsuit. She reportedly endured sexual harassment at the hands of prison officials and staff.

On one occasion, a male guard reportedly entered Knox's cell alone, despite a policy against it, and made sexual remarks.

On another, a high ranking prison official allegedly ordered Knox into his office at night and wanted to talk about sex.

In her prison diary, Knox described how officials got her to list the men she had slept with by falsely telling her she was HIV positive.

In order for Knox to sue, she would have to return to Italy.

However for now, her family says she wants to remain at home in Seattle.

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