October 4th, 2011
12:43 PM ET
As Amanda Knox was cleared of murder charges Monday and set free from the Italian jail she'd been in for nearly four years, the obvious question is what will she do next.
The end of popular culture's fixation on the Knox case isn't poised to die down, and the Los Angeles Times has questioned whether or not Knox should get a book deal. Even mogul Donald Trump thinks Knox could leverage her experience in the entertainment industry.
"The Apprentice" star told CNN's Erin Burnett upon Knox's release that he had spoken with her father, who "couldn't have been happier" that his daughter was now able to come home.
"It's about time this happened, it was ridiculous. She was never guilty, all the evidence proved that," Trump said. "Hopefully she's now going to recapture her life, and do a good job in doing it. And maybe, frankly, become a big star and somehow she can get some dividends out of this nightmare for herself."
While Trump didn't specify whether he'll personally aid Knox in any star-making endeavors, he did say that he's offered support to her family.
"I've been supporting the family and helping the family and I'll continue to help the family. They went through a lot; I just felt badly," he said. "For her to spend four years in a terrible jail is just outrageous."
As for what's next for Knox, Trump says, "You'll see her some place. She's a great person, and what happened to her was absolutely outrageous."
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