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Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox Ex-Boyfriend, Reveals Relationship Details

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/26/11 03:14 PM ET Updated: 12/26/11 05:12 AM ET

Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend, broke his years-long media silence in an interview with the Italian newspaper Oggi.

Among the salacious details revealed were insights into the couple's "four years in a circle of hell."

Sollecito and Knox were recently exonerated of the murder of Meredith Kercher, Knox's roommate in Italy. The pair had only been dating for a week when they allegedly discovered 21-year-old Kercher dead in her bedroom. Initially charged with murder and sexual assault, they spent 4 years in an Italian prison before the conviction was overturned earlier this month.

The Daily Mail reports that Sollecito also told Oggi that he and Knox are constantly in contact. He's even planning a visit to her hometown of Seattle as soon as he can.

"We need each other -- we speak to each other on the phone and write to each other every day," he told Oggi. "I will certainly go and see Amanda. She asked me over and I accepted with pleasure and there is no saying I will wait until Christmas. I could go earlier -- I could go at any moment. I really want to see her again, to speak with her and look into her eyes."

Knox arrived home on October 4, 2011, and has kept a relatively low profile despite rumors of book and movie deals.

Below, see a timeline of events in the murder of Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox trial:

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  • Nov. 2, 2007

    British student Meredith Kercher, 21, is found murdered in the Perugia, Italy apartment she shares with 20-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student. Post-mortem examination reveals evidence of sexual activity before death.

  • Nov 6, 2007

    Knox and 23-year-old boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (right) are arrested. Knox's boss, 38-year-old bar owner Patrick Lumumba, is also arrested after revealing he'd canceled Knox's shift the night Kercher is murdered. He is released Nov. 19.

  • Oct. 28, 2008

    A third suspect, 20-year-old drug dealer Rudy Hermann Guede, is sentenced to 30 years in jail after confessing to being in the house on the night of the murder. He maintains his innocence, instead blaming an Italian stranger for the crime.

  • Sept. 26, 2008

    Knox and Sollecito meet in court for the first time since their arrests.

  • Jan. 16, 2009

    Knox and Sollecito's trial begins.

  • March 6, 2009

    After claiming she was pressured to name a suspect, Knox tells the court she was at Sollecito's house when Kercher's murder took place.

  • Nov. 21, 2009

    Italian prosecutors request life sentences for both Knox and Sollecito.

  • Dec. 4, 2009

    Jury retires to consider verdicts. Both defendants are found guilty. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito received 25 years. On Dec. 19, Guede's sentence is decreased to 16 years.

  • June 17, 2010

    Knox appears at a preliminary hearing in view of her upcoming appeal trial.

  • Oct. 1, 2010

    Knox briefly reappears in an Italian court for a hearing on possible police slander charges.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox was escorted by a policewoman into the same Perugia courtroom where the first trial was held.

  • Nov. 8, 2010

    Knox is indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox returns to court for the start of her appeals trial, about a year after the American student was convicted of killing her British roommate in a case that drew global attention.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The appeal trial for both Knox and Sollecito is scheduled to open in Perugia.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The 23-year-old was convicted in December 2010 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox chats with her lawyer Carlo Della Vedova.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Sollecito, right, is escorted by a penitentiary police guard as he arrives for a hearing in the appeals trial.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox is escorted by a penitentiary guard.

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