Their relationship and embraces made headlines around the world. In the days after Amanda Knox's roommate was found murdered, Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were seen hugging and kissing near the murder scene.
But in a new tell-all book out Tuesday, Sollecito tells about his four-year ordeal in "Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox."
Sollecito and Knox were convicted, then acquitted for killing Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy.
In the book, Sollecito acknowledges that he smoked marijuana the night of the murder, perhaps affecting his memory, but maintains his and Knox's innocence.
"Neither Amanda Knox or I had anything to do with the crime but we came perilously close to spending the rest of our lives in prison because the authorities found it easier, and more convenient, to take advantage of our youth and inexperience than to mount a proper investigation."
"We had no real alibi for the night of November 1 except each other, and we did not have lawyers to protect us, and we seemed to have a propensity for saying things without thinking them through."
"My poor memory seemed a ridiculous reason to throw me into an isolation cell and accuse me of involvement in the crime."
He also talks about how he refused to stop defending Knox, ignoring his family's wishes to distance himself. Though he admits their behavior at times seemed odd. Specifically, he describes the pair kissing at the Italian police station.
"Days earlier, under very different circumstances, this quirky, unrestrained behavior had drawn me to her. But here it was embarrassing."
Sollecito, now 28-years-old, also admits to being jealous of the attention Amanda received.
"Amanda, Amanda, Amanda…But what about me?"
The pair reunited last year in Seattle. Of the meeting, Sollecito described trying to separate his memory of Knox from the media's portrayal of her:
"...the real one, and the distorted, she-devil version I had read about and seen on television nonstop for four years."