Kim Kardashian, Rihanna ask for Cyntoia Brown's freedom, child sex slave jailed for killing man
In 2004, Brown was?16 when she was hired to have sex with 43-year-old Nashville real-estate agent Johnny Mitchell Allen, whom she later shot in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun.
WION Web Team Delhi, India
Nov 22, 2017, 11.45 AM
Cyntoia Brown, the 29-year-old Tennessee woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who hired her for sex when she was 16-years-old, became a trending topic on Twitter after netizens and Hollywood celebrities started tweeting for her release.
#FreeCyntoiaBrown trended for the most part of the day on Tuesday with celebs reaching out to amass support for her freedom from jail.
Stars including Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne all took to social media using the viral hashtag after her 2004 case once again gained attention.
Kardashian has now even asked that her own legal team see if there can be anything done for Brown.
She tweeted: "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. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #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. #FreeCyntoiaBrownpic.twitter.com/73y26mLp7u
Both Kardashian West and Rihanna shared the same photo that contained 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."
In 2004, Brown was 16 when she was hired to have sex with 43-year-old Nashville real-estate agent Johnny Mitchell Allen, whom she later shot in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun, according to court documents and multiple local reports.
According to court documents reported by People magazine, during her trial, Brown waived her Miranda rights and gave statements to Nashville police in which she described the incident in detail. Brown claimed she did not know who Allen was before he solicited her for sex. After driving to his home, she alleged he showed her his guns before they got into his bed together. When they were in bed, she claimed to reach for his gun and pulled out a .40 calibre handgun and shot him.
Brown said she took money from Allen’s wallet and took two guns before driving his truck to a nearby Walmart parking lot.
The jury rejected her claim of self-defense and found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.
The trial court merged the murder convictions and sentenced Brown to life in prison at Tennessee Prison for Women. She is now eligible for parole after serving 51 years when she is 67-years-old.