Amanda Knox, the American student accused of involvement in the murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia last November, wrote in her diary that she was only a target in the case because she is attractive.

In hundreds of pages of notes, diary entries, poems, and letters written in her prison cell, released to try to clear her name, Ms Knox protests her innocence over the killing of the South London student.

Ms Knox, her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast immigrant with joint Italian nationality, are being held on suspicion of sexually assaulting Ms Kercher and stabbing her in the throat after she refused to take part in a "sexual game".

Ms Knox - who was accused of acting in a strangely cold and unfeeling manner after the discovery of Ms Kercher's corpse - says she is distressed and angry about the killing, of which she is innocent.

The notes, which veer in tone from hope to despair, include a list of the seven men she says she slept with in Perugia in the two months before the murder, with details of the sexual encounters.

The Knox family has strongly contested evidence from witnesses that Ms Knox was "a man eater", although friends of Ms Kercher say she repeatedly complained about the number of "strange men" Ms Knox brought back to the whitewashed hillside cottage they shared with two female Italian students.

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