SEATTLE (AP) -- Amanda Knox says in an interview that what happened to her was "surreal but it could have happened to anyone."

The Seattle native told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an interview that "I want the truth to come out. I'd like to be reconsidered as a person."

In March, Italy's highest criminal court overturned Knox's acquittal in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial for Knox, 25. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding.

Knox told Sawyer the high court's decision was "incredibly painful" and she felt as if she had to crawl through another field of barbed wire after reaching what she thought was the end.

She said she was aware of being labeled a seductress, she-devil and other names in the media.

"I was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil," she told Sawyer. "It's one thing to be called certain things in the media, and it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil.

"For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not. I had to live with the idea that that would be my life," she said during the interview.

Since returning to Seattle in 2011, Knox has largely avoided the public spotlight in her Pacific Northwest hometown where she is studying at the University of Washington.


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