(NEW YORK POST) – Celebrities are rallying around a sex trafficking victim turned convicted murderer who’s in jail for life for killing a man who paid her for sex when she was 16.
Cyntoia Brown, now 29, was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for fatally shooting Nashville TN realtor, Johnny Allen, Fox 17 reported.
Brown was a runaway who was forced into prostitution by a man nicknamed Kutthroat. Before she was sold to Allen, she said she was drugged and raped and testified that she shot the realtor out of fear he would kill her.
Prosecutors argued her motivation was robbery since the teen swiped Allen’s wallet and gun after shooting him, and she was sentenced to 51 years to life for first degree murder, aggravated robbery and prostitution.
But after interviews with Brown from a documentary by filmmaker Dan Birman were published by Fox 17 last week, celebrities rallied around her cause.
“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!” singer Rihanna posted on her Instagram Tuesday along with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown.
Kim Kardashian West also posted about the woman’s sentence and tweeted that she’d contacted her attorneys to “see what can be done to fix this.”
“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!” she tweeted Tuesday.
Model Cara Delvigne and rappers Snoop Dogg and T.I. also posted about Brown’s case.
While at the Tennessee Prison for Women, Brown earned her Associates Degree and is working on her Bachelor’s degree while helping the Juvenile Justice system as an unpaid consultant, Fox 17 reported.
Were her case heard today, she’d be treated as a child human trafficking victim because of a 2011 change in Tennessee law, which states that anyone 18 or younger can’t be charged with prostitution, according to the outlet.
She’ll be eligible for parole after serving 51 years, when she is 67-years-old.