Celebrities rally to free Cyntoia Brown, a former sex slave jailed for killing the man who bought her

Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 11:31:15-05

Celebrities and people around the world are campaigning for the release of a Nashville woman who was convicted to life in prison for fatally shooting a man she was sold to for sex as a teenager.

Cyntoia Brown, 29, was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who hired her for sex back in 2004, when she was 16 years old.

Brown claims that 43-year-old real estate agent Johnny Allen took her to his home for sex, but she felt threatened when she got there and fatally shot him, something she later admitted to.

Prosecutors claimed Brown shot Allen to steal from him. She was tried as an adult and found guilty of murder and prostitution with eligibility for parole after she turns 69.

While in prison, Brown earned her G.E.D, associates degree, and is said to be aiming for a bachelor’s degree.

Celebrities like LeBron James, Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna have taken to social media using the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown hoping to raise awareness about her conviction.

“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!” Rihanna wrote on Instagram.

Kardashian West said she has contacted her lawyers to see how she can help Brown.

PIX11 contributed to this report.