Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt explain why they are ‘the women people love to hate’ in revealing GMA interview on their newfound friendship – after pair bonded over the ‘darkest moments’ of their lives
- Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt forged a friendship after Knox invited her to speak on her podcast earlier this year
- The women bonded over their high-profile cases and suffering public scrutiny
- The duo reveal they ask themselves ‘why are we the women people love to hate?’
- They blamed it on the media frenzy and public vilification
- ‘She’s been there – in the darkest moment of her life, through trials – and me, the same. We feel that connection,’ Bobbitt said during a GMA interview Wednesday
- Bobbitt made headlines in 1993 when she cut of her sleeping husband’s penis and alleged she suffered years of sexual abuse
- Knox was a 20-year-old student in Italy when she was charged and imprisoned for murdering her roommate in 2007
Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt opened up about the unlikely friendship they’ve forged after they bonded over the personal suffering and public shame they endured as their high-profile cases gripped the world.
The women first met just a few months ago when Knox invited Bobbitt to speak on her podcast The Truth About True Crime but instantly connected over being thrust into the media spotlight and subjected to merciless scrutiny.
Bobbitt’s troubled relationship with her husband John made headlines in 1993 when she cut off his penis with a knife while he was asleep in bed, claiming she had been raped and beaten for years during their marriage.
Knox was a 20-year-old student in Italy when she was charged and imprisoned for murdering her roommate in 2007.
‘It’s so easy for people to write us off and we’re trying to say nope, we’re not letting you,’ Knox said on Good Morning America on Wednesday.
Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt opened up about the unlikely friendship they’ve forged, bonded by the public shame and personal suffering they endured as their high-profile cases gripped the world
‘She’s been there – in the darkest moment of her life, through trials – and me, the same. We feel that connection,’ Bobbitt said on their friendship
‘She’s been there – in the darkest moment of her life, through trials – and me, the same. We feel that connection,’ Bobbitt said on their friendship. ‘We’ve both been not only judged when we went to trials, but we’ve also been judged by society, by the media.’
The women revealed it was difficult to see themselves mocked in the public as they were going through a personal hell.
Saturday Night Live did a skit on Lorena and John Bobbitt’s case where the punchline was ‘they’re having some marital difficulties’.
‘They basically were taking advantage of my story and it’s a story of hurt. It’s a story of a survivor. It’s a story of domestic violence and abuse. That’s something I could not comprehend,’ Bobbitt said on GMA.
‘Suddenly at 20 years old I realize that who I am and what I’ve actually done doesn’t matter to people and I am not a person, I am an idea and I’m whatever idea you want to make of me,’ Knox said.
At one point in the interview Knox affectionately held Bobbitt’s hand as she recalled her harrowing court case.
While both women were eventually acquitted, their names and stories remain loaded with judgement and controversy.
GMA host Paula Faris asked the women if they’ll ever have an answer to the question they’ve long asked themselves – ‘why are we the women people love to hate?’
‘I will never have an answer to that specific question but I think that after all of these situations that we have been through – it could have happened to anyone,’ Bobbitt said.
Knox says that her case – in which she was dubbed ‘Foxy Knoxy’ by the media, who were accused of using character assassination tactics – would not unfold in the same chaotic way today.
The two pictured together on November 9, 2019 after they met on Amanda Knox’s podcast
Speaking on their friendship Bobbitt said: ‘This is an example of how women can do something positive and keep working ahead to break this cycle of miscommunication and misunderstanding and vilification of women. I think it’s beautiful’
‘I think people would have questioned it a little more today, post #MeToo. I think someone would have said, what a second,’ Knox said.
Bobbitt agreed her case would also be settled in a different way if she went to trial today.
‘Absolutely. I was a victim of domestic violence and John was too because I did the deed of cutting him off. But he drove me to it,’ Bobbitt explained.
In the end her ex-husband was never convicted for abusing her.
‘He was acquitted of assaulting me. With the Me Too movement and the Why I Stayed, all the movements that held up, I think John would’ve had a conviction, definitely,’ she said.
‘This is an example of how women can do something positive and keep working ahead to break this cycle of miscommunication and misunderstanding and vilification of women. I think it’s beautiful,’ Bobbitt said on their formidable friendship.
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