Kim Kardashian West was one of so many who were moved by the case of Cyntoia Brown, a teenage victim of sex trafficking who escaped her rapist by shooting and killing him and has already served years in prison. Unlike most of us, however, Kardashian is in a position to actually help Brown, and has hired her a top-notch lawyer. She’s also taken on the cause of Alice Johnson, “a 62-year-old grandmother and former FedEx worker… 21 years into a life sentence for her first-time, nonviolent drug conviction,” per the NY Daily News. Both cases were publicized by the ACLU in a campaign to bring awareness to mass incarceration and have since gone viral, with many celebrities voicing their support for Johnson and Brown and dismay over the legal system’s perceived failings.
“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. #FreeCyntoiaBrown,” wrote Kardashian on November 21.
The lawyer she called is Shawn Holley, an LA-based attorney who has worked with high-profile clients like Nicole Richie and Tupac. She, along with Kim’s father Robert Kardashian, was on the team of lawyers who helped O.J. Simpson win an acquittal in 1995 for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
“Kim asked me several weeks ago how she could help Alice Johnson in her fight for justice. We then began corresponding with Alice and her team of lawyers… Since then, Kim has championed the cause of Cyntoia Brown and asked me to help her get involved in that effort as well,” Holley told the NY Daily News.
“We were very, very appreciative of the fact that such an incredible number of celebrities would join our plea,” said Nashville-based lawyer Charles Bone, who has been working on Brown’s case pro bono.
Hopefully Kim continues to use her wealth to do good. She can certainly afford it after her perfume made ten million in a day.
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Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian as Michael Jackson and Madonna at the 1991 Academy Awards.
Jonathan Cheban and Kim Kardashian as musical icons Sonny and Cher.
Gwyneth Paltrow dressed as her character in David Fincher’s Se7en.
Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman as Marla Singer and Tyler Durden from Fight Club.
Doug Middlebrook and Ariana Grande as the feuding Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
Marina Diamandis and a friend dressed up as Fiorucci Angels.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid as Spider-Man and The Black Cat from Marvel Comics.
Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher as Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar from Brokeback Mountain.
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade as Milli Vanilli.
Chloë Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe as Kenickie Murdoch and Danny Zuko from Grease.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian as Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.
Kyle Draper and Laverne Cox as Jeannie and Major Nelson from I Dream of Jeannie.
Mike Rosenthal and Jen Atkin as Napoleon and Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite.
Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa as Handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale.
Wells Adams and Sarah Hyland as Eleven and Dustin from Stranger Things.
Amber Rose and her son, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, as Tiffany and Chucky from Child’s Play.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Andy and Duckie from Pretty in Pink.