Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lebron James, Snoop Dogg, and Rihanna have rounded together to free a Tennessee woman who is in the midst of a life sentence for fatally shooting and killing the man who paid her sex-trafficker to have sex with Brown – who was 16-years-old at the time.
Celebrities, as well as ordinary citizens, are voicing their support for Cyntoia Brown, 29, who won’t be able to obtain parole for another 38 years. Rihanna rhetorically asked in her Instagram post below if we, as a society, have changed the definition of justice?
She claimed the United States legal system “enables rapists” and the incarceration of victims such as Cyntoia, who fatally shot and killed the man who paid to have sex with her.
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
Prosecutors claimed that Brown shot Johnny Allen, 43, so she could take his wallet, weapons, and his pants.
Brown met Allen after staying in hotels with a 24-year-old man by the name, Cut-Throat. After taking cocaine with Cut-Throat and suffering sexual abuse, the 24-year-old allegedly forced the 16-year-old to have sex with men so they could have money to sustain their lifestyle.
Brown’s lawyer said he isn’t certain as to why the case has garnered so much celebrity attention as of late, but many public figures have reached out in support. However, he did not reveal how they contacted Cyntoia or her attorney-at-law.
Currently, a court appeal regarding the legality of Brown’s sentencing is in the works, and they’re petitioning the governor and parole board for a smaller sentence.
Several lawmakers in the past have tried to pass legislation which would allow minors sentenced to life to obtain parole after 30 years rather than 51 years, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
The prosecutor said in a statement to WZTV-TV that there had been a large group of people who have glorified Cyntoia and made her out to be a “victim” or a “celebrity” after killing Allen.
However, according to the state prosecutor, she wasn’t “trafficked” or a “sex slave” against her will. He added that it’s “not fair to the victim” and his family because the other side of the controversial case is rarely heard.