Pot Was Amanda Knox's "Vice"

By Valerie Tejeda 04/30/13

The 25-year-old accused of killing her roommate describes her drug use and sexual exploits in a new memoir.

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In her new autobiography, Amanda Knox: Waiting to be Heard, the 25-year-old accused of killing her roommate in Italy describes her excessive marijuana use, calling it her "vice." “Around our house marijuana was as common as pasta. We all chipped in. It was purely social," she writes, of the apartment she shared with roommate Meredith Kercher, who was murdered in 2007. Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, spent four years in jail until their convictions for were overturned in 2011. In the book, she says she and Sollecito bonded over their shared affinity for pot, which she describes as a "vice" for both of them. On the night of her roommate's murder, Knox says she and Sollecito were at his apartment, smoking a joint and watching a movie. The book also chronicles Knox's drug use and sexual encounters as she traveled throughout Italy, including her "first time": “We shared a joint, and high and giggly, we went to his hotel room. I’d just turned 20. This was my first one night stand.” In an interview with Diane Sawyer, which aires tonight on ABC, Knox says: “I’d like to be reconsidered as a person. What happened to me was surreal but it could’ve happened to anyone. This is my way of speaking up for myself.”

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.