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Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito 'Friends' Still – Through It All

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By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 08:07 AM

Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito remain friends after undergoing years of murder trials together, but the two have no immediate plans to meet up — even as she travels back to Italy to seek damages from the court.

"Our relationship remains that of friendship," Sollecito told reporters on Monday, three days after he and Knox were acquitted once and for all.

As The Associated Press reported, the pair had dated for only a week before Knox's roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was found stabbed to death in their shared apartment in 2007.

Knox and Sollecito were imprisoned for four years, and underwent a long series of court appearances. Altogether, they underwent a trial and two appeals, being found guilty, not guilty, then guilty again.

Knox returned home to Seattle after her first acquittal in 2011, and has remained there since. She has mostly returned to a normal life, and this year got engaged to a former schoolmate. On Friday, Italy's highest court overturned her and Sollecito's most recent conviction once and for all — vacating the nearly 30-year prison sentences each of them faced.

"I feel today like someone who was kidnapped, who after seven years and five months has returned to freedom," Sollecito said on Monday of the seemingly endless saga. He will soon seek compensation from the court related to his wrongful imprisonment.

"Everyone was pointing a finger at me, like I was a murderer, without a shred of evidence."

This past weekend, Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said she will be returning to Italy in order to seek "compensation for wrongful imprisonment" as well, the New York Post reported.

The maximum compensation possible for wrongful imprisonment is $550,000, said one Italian lawyer.

Kercher's family expressed disappointment with Friday's verdict, as they believe Knox and Sollecito acted in concert with Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast, who was convicted of her murder in a separate trial and is currently serving a 16-year sentence.

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Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito remain friends after undergoing years of murder trials together, but the two have no immediate plans to meet up — even as she travels back to Italy to seek damages from the court.
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