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Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt reveal they've bonded

Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt say they bonded together over how they were 'shamed and vilified' in relation to their criminal cases and how they were turned into punchlines for entertainment. 

The two women were among those headlining a true crime festival, Death Becomes Us, in Washington D.C. on Monday.  

They each opened up about their individual criminal cases and how their trauma has been exploited for entertainment profits. 

Amanda Knox (left) and Lorena Bobbitt (right) were among those headlining a true crime festival, Death Becomes Us, in Washington D.C. on Monday

In an interview with Fox 5 prior to their appearance at the true crime festival, Knox and Bobbitt spoke of how their different experiences had brought them together

Knox, who was an American exchange student at the time, spent four years in an Italian prison before she was acquitted of murdering roommate. 

She became a global tabloid sensation and was dubbed 'Foxy Knoxy' after her sexuality came under heavy scrutiny during her 2009 trial.

Meanwhile, Lorena - who now goes by her maiden name Gallo - garnered massive global attention after she cut off her husband's penis back in 1993 after saying he raped her. 

The press had a field day giving the drama huge coverage. She was acquitted at her trial by reason of temporary insanity and was instead sent to a mental hospital where she was discharged after a month.

In an interview with Fox 5 prior to their appearance at the true crime festival, Knox and Bobbitt spoke of how their different experiences had brought them together. 

'Lorena and I have a lot in common,' Knox said, adding that their joint appearance at the festival was a 'historic moment for shamed and vilified women'. 

'You don't see shamed and vilified women coming forward supporting each other,' she said. 

Knox added that they were reclaiming their narratives and calling out the forces that turned them into characters by 'exploiting our trauma for the sake of profits and entertainment'. 

Knox, who was an American exchange student at the time, spent four years in an Italian prison before she was acquitted of murdering roommate

Lorena Bobbitt garnered massive global attention after she cut off her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis back in 1993 after saying he raped her

'People expect people like us to crawl under a rock of our shame. We are showing that not only are we the characters you thought we were,' Knox said. 

Lorena added that people now knew the truth because they have reclaimed their stories and spoken out first hand about their experiences. 

In her case, Lorena told her side of the story in Lorena - a four-part documentary on Amazon released this year. 

Lorena, who runs an NGO for victims of domestic abuse in Virginia where she lives, initially didn't want to do the film because everything else about her case had always focused on her husband. 

Less frequently did people talk of the case in terms of the domestic violence that led Lorena to cut off her husband's penis. 

Her ex-husband maintains to this day that he never abused her. 

'I was dubious because until now, (other productions) had always focused on John, on the act itself, in a very sensationalist manner which overlooked what I had been through, and that really displeased me,' she said at the time of the film's release. 

They each opened up about their individual criminal cases and how their trauma has been exploited for entertainment profits

'Lorena and I have a lot in common,' Knox said, adding that their joint appearance at the festival was a 'historic moment for shamed and vilified women'

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