Amanda Knox — whose sensational 2009 murder conviction in Italy was famously overturned — has joined a bid to help NXIVM sex-cult leader Keith Raniere, according to a new report.
Knox, aka “Foxy Knoxy,” recently signed a petition demanding Brooklyn federal prosecutors answer questions about alleged evidence, jury and witness tampering in his sex-trafficking case, the Albany Times Union said.
“I was contacted by some former members of NXIVM who claim that Mr. Raniere has been wrongfully convicted and that the story being told in the media is wrong,” Knox wrote the paper in an e-mail Sunday.
“I personally do not know enough about the case to make any judgments about whether his conviction is wrongful or not,” she said.
“These supporters of Mr. Raniere asked me to sign a petition asking the prosecutors in the case to affirm some principles of prosecutorial conduct that any prosecutor should be able to affirm, such as not engaging in perjury, not tampering with evidence, and not threatening witnesses.
“I signed the petition because violation of these practices would constitute prosecutorial misconduct, regardless of Mr. Raniere’s guilt or innocence.”
Raniere, 60, was convicted last year on a slew of charges including sex-trafficking and conspiracy and faces up to life in prison when sentenced Oct. 27. Cohort and Seagram’s booze heiress Clare Bronfman is set to be sentenced for her role in the twisted group Wednesday.
Raniere wrote up a petition that his loyalists delivered to prosecutors in his case asking them to respond to “8 simple statements’’ about their conduct by Wednesday.
“Potential witnesses for the defense were threatened, corrupted, and coerced along with the prosecution’s tampering with vital evidence,” the petition claims, according to the Times Union.
“After all of this, the prosecution made inaccurate and inflammatory statements to the press, to justify, cover, and praise their actions.’’
Neil Glazer, a lawyer who represents some of Raniere’s victims in a civil suit against him, told the paper, “It’s absurd in so many ways that I don’t know where to begin.
“I’ve never seen anything like this bizarre document in all my years of legal practice,’’ the lawyer wrote in an e-mail.
“This is nothing more than a publicity stunt, orchestrated by Raniere to throw up smoke and mirrors and to peddle conspiracy theories to keep his remaining disciples in the fold.”
Knox was a college exchange student in Perugia, Italy, when she was accused of helping to murder British roommate Meredith Kercher in a sex-fueled crime in 2007. Her conviction was then overturned by an Italian high court in 2011, and she was freed.
Amanda Knox joins bid to help NXIVM sex-cult leader Keith Raniere The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.