Cyntoia Brown — the sex trafficking victim who was granted clemency while serving a life sentence for killing a john — says she was stunned to learn that Netflix was set to release an unauthorized documentary about her fight for freedom.
The 32-year-old former convict said she had no involvement in the flick “Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story,” which will premiere on the streaming service later this month.
“While I was still incarcerated, a producer who has old footage of me made a deal with Netflix for an UNAUTHORIZED documentary, set to be released soon,” Brown wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “My husband and I were as surprised as everyone else when we first heard the news because we did not participate in any way.”
Brown was 16 years old when her lawyers say she fatally shot a Nashville man who picked up the teen sex-trafficking victim for sex.
Prosecutors said Brown shot 43-year-old Johnny Allen so she could rob him, while her own lawyers claimed she was afraid for her life.
Her case drew the attention of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and LeBron James as she fought her life sentence.
She had served 15 years in prison when she was ultimately granted clemency last year by the former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
Brown said she’s now working on sharing her story, though her new project has nothing to do with the Netflix documentary.
“I am currently in the process of sharing my story, in the right way, in full detail, and in a way that depicts and respects the woman I am today,” Brown said in the post. “While I pray that this film highlights things wrong in our justice system, I had nothing to do with this documentary.”
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