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Raffaele Sollecito, the Italian man who was found guilty -- and later acquitted -- alongside former American girlfriend Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, has signed a book deal with Gallery Books of Simon & Schuster.
Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox is scheduled for a fall release and will go into his relationship with Knox, their arrests, and the ensuing ordeal, The Associated Press reported.
Sollecito was an unwilling participant in a case that riveted the world, Gallery Books said, according to The AP. The Italian media convicted the young couple before any evidence had even been heard. Over and over, Sollecito came under pressure to change his testimony and get himself off the hook, but he refused to betray Amanda and he refused to lie.
Sollecito will work on the book with British journalist Andrew Gumbel.
Knox signed her own book deal in February with HarperCollins that was reported to be worth $4 million. That book is scheduled for release in 2013.
Many accounts have been written of the Amanda Knox case, and countless writers and reporters have speculated on what role, if any, was played by Knox in that tragic and terrifying sequence of events, HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham said in a statement. No one has yet heard Amanda Knox's own account of what happened, and this book will give Knox an opportunity to tell the story in full detail, for the first time.