Nearly a month after being cleared in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox will have a reunion with her former Italian boyfriend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito.
Breaking his silence for the first time, Sollecito gave an interview with the Italian weekly, Oggi, saying, We need each other -- we speak to each other on the phone and write to each other every day.
The news that a reunion might be in the works was first divulged by Knox's father, Curt, who said that Sollecito would fly from his native Italy to spend time with Knox in Seattle. Despite his father saying that he had no plans to go to Washington, Sollecito said: I will certainly go and see Amanda. She asked me over and I accepted with pleasure and there is no saying I will wait until Christmas.
I could go earlier -- I could go at any moment. I really want to see her again, to speak with her and look into her eyes, Sollecito said, The Daily Mail reported. We need to speak and write to each other to try and understand what happened to us and to look forward to a future that appeared broken forever, but instead we can still build on. We have so many things to say to each other. We spent four years in a circle of hell, we suffered unspeakably and it ruined our lives.
Knox and Sollecito had been dating for about a week before the 2007 murder Kercher. Both were initially found guilty in the murder and sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively; an Italian appeals court overturned their guilty conviction in early October and both were released.
The freed 27-year-old has been staying at his father's villa in a gated community in Bisceglie, outside Bari in southern Italy. Unlike the welcome home party Knox received when she returned to Seattle, only about 20 photographers, cameramen and reporters went to the Sollecito home, where, Raffaele's father said, he was readjusting to life.
He's like a baby growing up that has to learn to get used to life, Francesco Sollecito told reporters.
The same has been said of Knox.
She's almost kind of reborn in a way. I mean, living for four years inside a concrete and steel, you know, prison, and now being able to kind of just look around, smell the air and -- and just do what she wants to do, hopefully when she wants to do it, it makes a huge difference, Curt Knox said.