A lot of famous celebrities are calling/writing/sharing for the release of Cyntoia Brown. The 29-year-old from Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who hired her for sex when she was 16-year-old. Big stars as Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne all took to social media to raise their voice with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown after the 2004 case gained attention once again.
Thirty-seven-year-old Kim Kardashian has even asked her legal team to see if there is something to be done for Brown.
“The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown,” Kardashian West tweeted ten days ago.
Kim and singer Rihanna shared the same picture on social media with the statement: “Imagine at the age of 16 being sex-trafficked by a pimp named ‘Cut-throat.’ After days of being repeatedly drugged and raped by different men, you were purchased by a 43-year-old child predator who took you to his home to use you for sex. You end up finding enough courage to fight back and shoot and kill him.”
According to court documents and some local reports, Brown was only 16 when she was hired to have sex with the 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allen, whom she later shot in the back of the head with a 40-caliber handgun.
The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown pic.twitter.com/73y26mLp7u
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 21, 2017
Famous celebrities took to social media to raise awareness about the Cyntoia Brown case
did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way?? cause….. Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence I hope to God you don’t have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already! #FREECYNTOIABROWN #HowManyMore
During her trial, Brown claimed that she didn’t know who Allen was before he hired her for sex. After driving to his home, he showed her his guns before they got in bed, before she pulled out a 40 caliber handgun out of her purse and shot him.
The girl said that she took money from his wallet and took two guns before driving her captor’s truck to a Walmart parking lot. The jury rejected her claim of self-defense and charged her with first-degree felony murder, first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated robbery.
She is sentenced to life in prison at the Tennessee Prison for Women where she will be eligible for parole after serving 51-years, when she is 67-years-old.
You can find out more about Cyntoia’s story in the 2011 PBS documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.