Kim Kardashian is following up on a pre-Thanksgiving tweet to get her lawyers involved in providing aid to imprisoned former sex-trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown. Rihanna initially posted about the case via Instagram, and multiple other celebrities including LeBron James, Kardashian, Snoop Dogg and Cara Delevingne followed her.
The social media posts helped spark renewed interest in Brown’s case, sparking a rallying hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown.
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
“The system has failed,” Kardashian tweeted November 21. “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.”
In 2004, Brown was sentenced to life in prison and charged with the murder of a 43-year-old Nashville realtor named Johnny Mitchell Allen. Brown was 16-years-old at the time and had reportedly been sold to Allen as part of a sex trafficking ring. She maintains she killed Allen in self-defense. Additionally, due to a series of law changes beginning in 2011, if Brown’s case were heard in 2017, she’d likely be tried as a sex trafficking victim and not an adult.
The jury sentenced Brown under the previously existing law at the time, which gave her life in prison. Brown is currently eligible for parole after serving 51 years in prison, which would make her 67.
According to TheBlast.com, Kardashian’s attorney, Shawn Holley, already scheduled a conference call on a plan of action about Brown’s potential legal options.
Holley worked under the late Johnnie Cochran on O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial. Kardashian’s late father, Robert Kardashian Sr., also renewed his law license in order to join Simpson’s “dream team” legal counsel on the case.