October 4th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Donald Trump: Amanda Knox could be a star

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."

Filed under: Celebrities • Donald Trump

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. VVV

    Amanda IS guilty. Merediths best friend is my nanny, she was in perujia at the time, she testified in court. Just because the knox family have financial support and therefore access to the best lawyers that girl now makes book deals at millions of dollars...remember oj simpson!

    October 9, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. pamela

    Anyone with a brain could see that Amanda & her boyfriend were innocent pawns. But I don't believe a word Dump Truck ever says – the only thing he's ever supported is his own enormous ego. He's lied about so many things, has cheated so many people, treats his employees like crap & is notorious as possibly the greediest, most selfish & least generous rich person on the planet. Hey, Donald Duck, how many starving children could you feed with all the marble & gold in your stinking bathroom???????

    October 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wot

    Black around the World Get behind this Black Fellow; if two are free all should be FREE!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. wot

    Let the Black Scape- Goat out!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. John of TO

    Donald is a piece of trash and if I were the Knox family, i would not want to be associated with him at all. Who the hell does this idiot think he is? Not enough evidence? Perhaps. However when you lie to police about the guilt of an innocent man, not only does that reveal a disgusting side of yourself, it certainly raises enough reasonable doubt for the prosecution to pursue charges against you. In the end, the only victim here is Meredith.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sherry Buckner

    There is no amount of pain he is unwilling to exploit, is there?

    October 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    I'd do her, if she promised not to kill me. Prison chicks are hot.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ronni Jr.

    You won't print what I've said about Amanda will you CNN?

    October 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mimi of Toronto

    Amanda, no doubt needs to get her life back, and she will in time. Opportunities will come her way, however, she must remember to be mindful about the Kircher family, after all, they lost their daughter in a brutal way. Also, Meredith was Amanda's roommate too, so I would be a little sensitive about getting too carried away celebrating. Show some concern and be helpful – tell the complete truth about what you know what happened that night.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Madmoma

    Donald old boy, I got news for you, not every one wants to be a star!! Life has so much more to offer then that. Go away old man, why dose your opinon matter.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    The family almost went bankrupt. To hear that he has helped them is great. Good for him.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. @ romeo

    The three t's are a hidden symbol of three sixes !

    October 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cookie

    @juilette, a disgusting pig like you. They should have thrown away the key. She is guilty.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Juliettte

    He is a disgusting pig. It's nice that he has been helping the family out, Lord knows the need it.

    However, he can just never pass up the chance to put his two cents in on everything. Pompous ass. I encourage everyone to go see the move "You've been Trumped". You will see that there two sides to this man, the side you don't see is greedy, abusive and down right nasty.

    Mark my words he is going to try and find someway to make a buck off of this story. One way of the other his fingers will be in that pot for sure. Kox family be warned. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Romeo

      First off, how does your name have 3 t's in it? Second off... you sound like someone bitter and heavily judgmental... yet you mention the "Lord." Quite the hypocrite, aren't we?

      Third... who is the Kox family?

      October 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anomic Office Drone

    Trump is a joke.

    Best of luck to Foxy Knoxy, though. I hope for her sake she keeps losers like Trump out of her life and pursues something that makes her genuinely happy. .

    October 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |

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