Maxwell, 60, was convicted of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Jeffrey Epstein, on December 29 , 2021. She faces 65 years in prison, meaning she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Ms Knox, 34, was wrongly convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher, who was 21.
She said Maxwell was the ‘next best thing’ to holding Jeffrey Epstein accountable.
Amanda Knox, 34, (pictured) has said massive public interest in Ghislaine Maxwell is partly because of an ‘opportunity to vilify a woman for sex crimes’
‘Maxwell was obviously guilty of these terrible crimes and should be held accountable for her crimes. But also, we should be careful and mindful as a society when we have such raging interest in some cases over others,’ she told Times Radio.
‘The reason why we really, really cared about this case was because it was the opportunity to vilify a woman for sex crimes.’
She said in the media coverage of her own case, she was portrayed using tropes that relied on ‘cult imagery’.
Maxwell, 60, could spend the rest of her life in prison after she was convicted last month on helping her partner Jeffrey Epstein abuse minors
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell sits as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read in a courtroom sketch in New York City
Court Evidence photos of Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein as she gave him a foot massage
She said: ‘Because the crime happened so near Halloween, there was a sort of reliance upon a cult imagery and cult ideas.
‘There was a vilification of sex. So in a way it’s the oldest story, and in some ways it was so fantastical.
‘And what’s shocking to me and has always been shocking to me, especially as I was going through it, was that people cared more about that story than they cared about the truth.
Meredith Kercher, 21, from Coulsdon, near London, who was murdered in Perugia while taking part in a study abroad scheme as a student in 2007
Knox being escorted into court on September 26, 2008
Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder. Pictured: Knox and Sollecito in 2007
‘And it wasn’t like, we didn’t know who actually committed this horrific crime, there was copious evidence pointing to the local burglar Rudy Guede.
‘And yet, that story of the overly lustful, therefore violent woman, who kills the pure virtuous girl is something that captivated people’s attention and they just couldn’t let go of it.’
Ms Knox said at the time of the murder she was made to feel like she was going ‘crazy’ by the Italian police.
‘They made me feel like I was insane,’ she said.
‘They told me that I had amnesia, that I had witnessed the murder, and then if I didn’t remember it for them right then and there, I was never going to see my family again and was going to go to prison for 30 years.
‘That was the worst experience by far of the entire thing, going through that interrogation and being made to feel like I was crazy. Being made to sign statements that were not true.’
While in prison she said she had contemplated taking her own life.
Amanda Knox in recent posts from her social media account. Knox hosts a podcast with her novelist husband Christopher Robinson called Labyrinths in which they ‘delve into stories of getting lost and found again through compassionate interviews, philosophical rants, and playful debate with fascinating people’
Meredith Kercher’s killer Rudy Guede (pictured waving from the window of a volunteer centre in 2016, file photo) has ben formally released from prison, 14 years after the grisly murder
She said: ‘I felt like my life had been stolen from me. And I felt like I was trapped in my own life.
‘The only way to escape is to escape your own life. And I thought very strategically about how I could do it but at the end of the day, it was a conversation I was having with myself about whether my life was worth it.
And I always felt like they had taken so much from me, I wasn’t going to relinquish the rest.
‘I was going to fight. My life was worth it. My identity was worth it. And even if the only thing I could do that day was write a letter to my mum, to keep a sense of myself and my sanity intact, that was worth it.’
What was the Meredith Kercher case?
The case of Meredith Kercher, 21, a British university student who was murdered in Perugia, Italy in November 2007, drew huge media attention.
Much of it centred on her housemate Amanda Knox, who was 20 at the time.
Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder in 2009 before being acquitted, convicted again and then finally definitely cleared in 2015.
Rudy Guede, who was born in the Ivory Coast and raised in Italy from a young age, was tried and convicted separately in a fast-track case in 2008 for the killing of Ms Kercher.
Guede was released from jail in 2021 to complete the remainder of his 16-year sentence doing community service for charities in the central Italian city of Viterbo.
Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was killed just two months after moving to Italy for a study abroad programme at Perugia’s prestigious university.
Her body was found partially undressed on the floor of her bedroom after her flatmate Knox reportedly noticed blood and a broken window in the flat and became concerned.
Kercher had been stabbed multiple times and sexually assaulted.
Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene along with a palm print in blood belonging to him.
He admitted to having been at the apartment but has always denied killing or sexually assaulting Kercher.
He said he had gone into a ‘state of shock’ after finding her dead after he returned from the bathroom.
Following the murder, Guede fled by train to Germany where he was arrested days later.
He was charged with her murder and sexual assault and handed down a 30-year sentence, which was later cut to 16 years by an appeals court.
Knox and Sollecito both spent four years in prison after their convictions. Knox was also convicted of defamation for wrongly accusing Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, of the murder.
Lumumba spent two weeks in jail, only being released when someone came forward with an alibi.
Knox and Sollecito were acquitted in 2011 only to be convicted again in 2014 by a Florentine appeals court.
The appeals court ruled that the injuries inflicted on Kercher’s body could not have been inflicted by Guede alone.
However, in 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned the decision in a final ruling, saying Knox and Sollecito’s convictions were the result of ‘stunning flaws’ in the investigation.