Did Netflix Mislead Heat Street Over New ‘Amanda Knox’ Film?

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By Miles Goslett | 5:32 am, October 11, 2016

Last month Heat Street raised questions about the new Netflix film, Amanda Knox. It explores the brutal murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

Knox and her boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito were jailed for the crime but after serving four years were acquitted.

Despite the project’s claims to be objective, we revealed that one of its producers, Stephen Morse, had already delivered his views on the case in a 2014 blog post which he subsequently deleted.

In his post, Morse was in no doubt of Knox’s innocence, thereby extinguishing any sense of even-handedness on the part of the film’s makers.

In an effort to explain this apparent slip-up, a Netflix spokesman claimed to us that Morse had played only a minor part in the documentary and was just an “honorary producer”.

He added: “Stephen Morse did not have any creative input into the film.”

So it is odd to have come across another blog post written by Morse and published this week by the Financial Times in which he states:

For the past five years I have been producing a film about Amanda Knox, an American woman who was convicted and then acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy. Netflix purchased the film, available from September 30, after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in mid-September.

And it is odder still that sources have told us Morse’s involvement in the project was so great that he is entitled to a significant share of its profits.

Yesterday, Meredith Kercher’s sister, Stephanie, criticised the film as “unnecessary”. She also expressed her surprise at Knox continuing to talk about it.

Miss Kercher told MailOnline: “We got to the end of last year and you’re trying to gather your own thoughts and your own feelings and try and build yourself up again into what your life is now meant to be and just a year later, even though there’s nothing new to bring into the picture, Netflix decide to do another program. If the documentary was meant to be about their experience and acquittal then that should have been the sole focus and how and why that came about. But to me the inclusion of graphic material is over the line.”

Given the ongoing controversy surrounding not just the case but also Netflix’s film, it is worth asking: who is telling the truth about Morse’s role – Netflix or Morse? Do any other discrepancies exist in Netflix’s project?

Morse could not be reached for comment.

Questions have been put to Netflix.