Hayden Panettiere Wants Amanda Knox's Family to Watch the Movie

Hayden Panettiere Wants Amanda Knox's Family to Watch the Movie

Playing Knox in the Lifetime movie, Panettiere thought the prosecuted murderer's family would be more relaxed about the situation than now.

Actress Hayden Panettiere has urged the family of incarcerated Amanda Knox to watch her controversial new TV movie, insisting they'll feel "more relaxed" about the program once they view it. Knox was left shocked after seeing a trailer for "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial" in Italy, in which the Heroes actress plays the college student convicted of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.

The preview depicts Knox taking an active role in the murder, with a police official claiming she "orchestrated" the crime as part of a kinky sex game. Lawyers for the jailed American student have threatened legal action against bosses at U.S. network Lifetime if they air the film, which is due to be screened on February 21, amid speculation it could affect her ongoing appeal.

But Panettiere has appealed to Knox and her family to watch the show - she's convinced nothing will "sway" or "impact negatively" on court proceedings. She tells ETOnline.com, "It is very fact driven and Lifetime is great with doing things like that and fact checking. I don't think there is anything in there that would sway an opinion or have any impact negatively or positively on her appeal."

"I think if the family saw it, they would probably be much more relaxed than they are about it now. Maybe the parents would. I don't know if she would or not. I don't know if that would be a good idea to have to relive the whole experience of it. That is up to her."

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    Mar 02, 2011

    I just watched this movie the other day and I honestly do not understand what all the fuss is about. Lifetime presented the facts as they are known at this moment. As far as I'm concerned, the Knox family should be okay with this movie because it shows Amanda Knox also as being innocent, depicting her claims about the aggressive interrogation she endured while in police custody. And for the Kercher family, their daughter's brutal murder is being depicted in this movie, showing the world exactly what is believed to have happened when she died. And unlike in many shows/movies relating to court cases, Meredith Kercher is never depicted as being mean or rude in any way, whether by media or defense. This movie is well made and I believe it accurately portrays the facts which have been uncovered, as well as various beliefs held by not only the authorities, but also by Kercher's family, Knox's family, the media, and witnesses, as well as Knox and Kercher's roommates.

    Feb 11, 2011

    Panettiere & Lifetime should be ashamed to contribute to the lies and misinformation that have been distributed regarding this case...especially as the case is currently in appeal. I will not again be watching anything Panettiere appears in nor will I watch any Lifetime programming. Mignini & his cronies must be loving this...thanks, Hayden...thanks Lifetime...a great way to support an innocent American girl wrongly imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit!!!

    Feb 10, 2011

    Hayden is missing the point the facts are incorrect, to depict the wild accusations in the court transcripts is giving merit. How could she tell the families to relax...she is completely out of line and ignorant to their situation. Shows how little she understands or comprehends the story.

    Feb 10, 2011

    What about Meredith Kercher's family - does Panettiere honestly think they'll feel 'relaxed' about it too? Disgusting!

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