Cyntoia Brown Was 'As Surprised As Everyone' When She Heard About Netflix Documentary
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Cyntoia Brown has hit out the 'unauthorised documentary' recently released on Netflix saying she was 'surprised as everyone else' when it landed.
Murder to Mercy centres on Brown's journey from being a lifer following a murder conviction to being released last year.
Posting on Twitter last month, Brown wrote: "While I was still incarcerated, a producer who has old footage of me made a deal with Netflix for an unauthorised documentary, set to be released soon. My husband and I were as surprised as everyone else when we first heard the news because we did not participate in any way.
"However, 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. While I pray that this film highlights things wrong in our justice system, I had nothing to do with this documentary."
Brown has since removed the tweets.
In 2004, when Brown was just 16-years-old she shot and killed a man who had bought her for sex. Brown told cops she had shot the man in self-defence.
When the case went to trial, court prosecutors argued that Brown shot 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allen, while he slept before stealing his wallet.
But Brown testified that she shot Mitchell Allen in self-defence, saying she though he was reaching for a gun. She told the court she took the wallet so she didn't return empty to the man who allegedly pimped her out and sex trafficked her.
She was sentenced life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery.
However, in 2017 she hit headlines all over again with celebrities including Kim Kardashian and LeBron James calling for her to be released.
:clap::clap::clap: Thank you Governor Haslam :clap::clap::clap: https://t.co/rAiru84fgn
- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 7, 2019
She was eventually released in 2019 and has since been working on a book about her experiences.
Six-part Murder to Mercy features court-room footage as well as interviews with those close to the case - but not Brown.
The official synopsis reads: "After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology and the law itself call her guilt into question."
LADbible has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story is available to stream on Netflix.