Cyntoia Brown is making headlines again 13 years after she was sentenced to life in prison at age 16 for killing the man who picked her up for sex. There have been no significant changes in the case, but celebrities have renewed interest in it this week after posting about it on social media.
Brown, who is now 29, is serving a life sentence in Tennessee for killing 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allen after he solicited her for sex. While she was convicted of first-degree murder as an adult, her attorneys believe she is a victim of sex trafficking and that she acted in self-defense. So do her advocates.
The posted read, “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...You end up finding enough courage to fight back and shoot and kill him...This is the story of Cyntoia Brown. She will be eligible parole when she is 69 years old. #FreeCyntoniaBrown.”
Kim Kardashian West chimed in as well, revealing that she contacted her lawyers for help.
In 2011, a PBS documentary about Brown’s case titled "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story" premiered. The flick detailed her life of teen prostitution, which she was forced into, and the day of the fatal shooting of Allen. She shot him after she thought he was reaching for a gun.
Many news outlets suspect a recent airing of the movie has casted the controversial case back into the spotlight, and now it is garnering much attention across social media with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown.