A convicted murderer is getting legal help from a very unlikely source: Kim Kardashian West.
Cyntoia Brown is a Tennessee woman who was convicted of murder in 2004. Born into abject poverty, she battled fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, parental abuse, and neglect. She eventually found herself forced into prostitution as a teenager, repeatedly drugged and assaulted by different men until ultimately being purchased by a 43-year-old man named Mitchell Allan.
Looking to escape her life, Brown shot Allan, stole his car, and fled. She was later arrested, tried, and convicted to 60 years in prison without the possibility of parole for 51 years. Brown was 16 at the time but was tried as an adult.
A 2011 documentary shed light on Brown’s plight, and it eventually became a social media sensation with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, LeBron James, and Rihanna sharing a meme on Instagram that summarizes Brown’s story. Rihanna herself is believed to be the creator of the Instagram meme.
Now, Kim Kardashian West is taking it upon herself to help get Brown out of prison.
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. It’s heartbreaking 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," wrote Kardashian-West in a tweet several weeks ago. "I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this."
Kardashian reportedly unleashed her full legal team to help Brown out, headed by legendary lawyer Shawn Holley. Holley was part of the “Dream Team” of attorneys that represented O.J. Simpson in his successful murder defense.
Not content with helping out one unfairly convicted felon, Kardashian is also sending her legal team to help 62-year-old Alice Johnson, a grandmother serving 21 years for her role in a cocaine trafficking ring.
Holley said that Kardashian “asked me to help her find a way to help these women. We have already contacted Alice Johnson and her team of lawyers who are now actively trying to find ways to facilitate her release.”
Both Brown and Johnson should be happy to hear Holley is on the case. He reportedly has a perfect record in defending his clients.