Cyntoia Brown’s Documentary On Netflix Dives Into Case That Kim K & Rihanna Made Big
#FreeCyntoiaBrown went viral in 2017.
This case is shocking! The Cyntoia Brown Netflix documentary dropped recently and it explores a heartbreaking true crime story. Brown was convicted of murder in 2006 and spent over a decade in prison before celebs like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna brought attention and justice to her case.
is a one-and-a-half hour-long documentary about a crime that occurred in 2004 when Brown was just 16-years-old.
She shot and killed a man that she alleges picked her up in a Nashville parking lot with the intention to pay her for sex. Brown claimed that her actions were a result of self-defence since she felt threatened by the man, named Johnny Michael Allen.
According to The Globe and Mail, Brown's lawyers claim that she was "a victim of sex trafficking who not only feared for her life but also lacked the mental state to be culpable in the slaying because she was impaired by her mother’s alcohol use while she was in the womb."
In 2006, 18-year-old Brown was sentenced to 51 years in prison even after testifying that her actions followed years of emotional and sexual abuse from a pimp named Kutthroat.
In November 2017, her case caught the attention of Rihanna who shared the heartbreaking story on Instagram.
In a caption accompanying a summary of Brown's case, Rihanna wrote, "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!"
That same day, Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to share her disappointment with the system writing that, "It’s heartbreaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life!"
Kardashian explained that she called her lawyers to discuss what the could do to help make things right, and added the hashtag "#FreeCyntoiaBrown".
With the help of the celebs, #FreeCyntoiaBrown went viral, with thousands speaking out for Brown's justice.
That attention seems to have worked because just over a year later, Kardashian tweeted out thanking Governor Haslam who granted clemency to Brown. She had served 15 years of her prison sentence by January 2019.
Now 32-years-old, The Globe and Mail claims that Brown was released on parole on August 7, 2019, and will remain on supervision for 10 years. Conditions state that she must "not violate any state or federal laws, holds a job, and participates in regular counselling sessions."
Murder to Mercy is available to stream on Netflix now. You can watch the heartbreaking trailer below.