Lady Gaga posted a cryptic tweet Thursday comparing fame to prison, but the sentiment apparently didn't sit too well with prominent criminal justice advocate—and former prisoner—Amanda Knox.
Gaga took to Twitter Thursday night with a simple message that read “fame is prison,” sparking buzz among many of her fans that the Grammy and Oscar award winner may be getting ready to drop some new music.
But on Friday, Knox called out Gaga for the comparison.
“I hear you, but…prison is prison,” she wrote.
Knox spent four years in an Italian prison after being convicted in 2007, along with her boyfriend at the time Raffaele Sollecito, of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
Kercher had been found half naked in the home she had shared with Knox with her throat slit.
Prosecutors claimed that Knox and Sollecito had killed the 21-year-old during a sex game gone wrong—but the physical evidence at the scene pointed to another man, Rudy Guede. His bloody fingerprints were found on Kercher’s bed.
Despite that evidence, and Knox's and Sollecito's claims of innocence, both were convicted at trial. Knox would remain behind bars for four years until she was acquitted of the crime in 2011. In another twist, however, that acquittal was set aside in 2013 and a retrial was ordered resulting in another conviction, though Italy's Supreme Court cleared Knox once and for all in 2015, asserting that the prosecution's case against Knox and Sollecito was fundamentally flawed.
Guede, who was also convicted, is currently serving a 16-year sentence for the murder.
Knox recently spoke to NBC News about how the arrest has altered her life and impaired her ability to trust others.
“I worry that when I meet people, they will have a great conversation with me face to face and I’ll think that we had a human connection, but then they’ll walk away and go to their buddies and be like, ‘Yeah, I talked to the killer Amanda Knox,'” she said.
Knox said she continues to receive messages on a daily basis from people around the world calling her a “murderer” and “psychopath.”
Although she was terrified to return to Italy, Knox made the trip back to the country in June to speak at a criminal justice conference at the University of Modena in northern Italy.
“It meant so much to me that someone listened because my experience in Italy was one of feeling never listened to, feeling like there was a narrative put upon me and a story put upon me and then prison put upon me and I was just waiting for everyone to just listen,” she said of the experience.
Knox now devotes her time to bringing light to the stories of others who are wrongfully accused and has worked with the Innocence Project. She also hosts the podcast “The Truth About True Crime With Amanda Knox.”
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