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CNN’s Chris Cuomo slammed for 'disgusting' Amanda Knox interview

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo is being criticized for his interview Amanda Knox, who's on a book tour while facing a possible retrial in Italy over the 2007 death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Several media critics have blasted Cuomo for dwelling on the rumors of deviant sex that have surrounded the the case.

“You went in there for some freaky kind of sexual activity that went wrong. Were you into deviant sex? Insensitive question. But hey, we’ve got to get to where it is,” Cuomo pressed during his Tuesday evening interview with Knox. “Did you have any experimental activities there that you’re embarrassed to talk about it? You party? Still smoke weed? Strange…Why are you the one who is strange? What makes you strange? Knox is into some freaky sexual things… Motive? You’re a freak. You went in there to do something freaky with Meredith.”

Knox at first seemed shocked by the sex-centered line of questioning, then teary and overwhelmed as she sought to defend herself, insisting that she was “sexually active, not sexually deviant” as the prosecution had painted her to be throughout her high-profile murder trial.

“I’ve never taken part in an orgy – ever,” she responded when Cuomo asked about her “activities.” “I was not strapping on leather and bearing a whip.”

Media critic John Ziegler told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column “the whole interview was very strange. It seemed equal parts: therapy session, first date, defense prep, and prosecution cross examination. What is was exactly, I am not sure. It wasn’t journalism, but CNN rarely engages in that lost art anymore.” 

The Cuomo/Knox segment drew condemnation from other media watchers as well. Gawker wrote a story headlined “’You’re a Freak’: Watch Chris Cuomo Sexually Harass Amanda Knox on TV.” Digg’s editorial director David Weiner called Cuomo “absurdly misguided.” And Mother Jones reporter Dana Liebelson called the interview “simply ridiculous.”

Criticism was widespread across social media as well.

“Chris Cuomo is being insanely unprofessional in his interview with Amanda Knox. It's disgusting,” tweeted one. Others mocked that it was going to “get creepy when Chris Cuomo asks her out for a nice Italian dinner,” while others referred to Cuomo’s conduct as “absolutely awful,” “shameful,” and some even went as far as to call on CNN and Cuomo to apologize.

Legal expert Wendy Feldman went so far as to say the interview said more about Cuomo than Knox.

“Bullying somebody in her shoes shows a great lack of empathy and a lack of understanding of the legal system," she said. "Anybody in his position should understand the stress on a person who was in prison so long and faces returning.”

However, Cuomo was clearly proud of his work.

“Why r amanda knox's knuckles so raw? Find out tomorrow,” Cuomo tweeted in one of many promotional tweets for the segment. CNN billed it as Knox answering “The Unanswered Questions” and just before it hit the airwaves, Cuomo wrote: “It wasn't ez to see and Amanda deal with some of what is put against her but I feel she answered everything well and she wasn't given a pass.” 

Ronn Torossian, author and CEO of New York-based firm, 5WPR, said Cuomo was merely giving the public what the public wants.

“Chris Cuomo is a good reporter who asked questions that much of America wanted to know. Let's face it, ‘foxy knoxy’ isn't famous for anything other than sex,” he said. “While he perhaps could have been a little kinder, it made for great TV."

CNN did not respond to a request for comment.

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