Amanda Knox will receive $4 million to write a memoir documenting her conviction and subsequent acquittal of murder charges in Italy.
"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," said the publisher, HarperCollins, in a statement on Thursday. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for release in early 2013. The publisher did not reveal financial aspects of the deal, but an official with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to several media sources the deal was worth $4 million for worldwide rights.
The 24-year-old Knox, who currently lives in Seattle, WA, was convicted in 2009 along with a co-defendant of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton who shared an apartment with Knox in Italy. An Italian court overturned the guilty verdicts last October after Knox had spent nearly four years in prison. She has not publicly discussed the ordeal beyond a brief expression of gratitude shortly after being released.
The publisher's statement said the book will be based on journals Knox kept during her imprisonment, allowing her to "reveal never before-told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life."