Starz announced development of the limited series The Case of Cyntoia Brown on Friday. Rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is executive producing with his production company, G-Unit, in partnership with executive producer La La Anthony.
Cyntoia Brown-Long wrote the book Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System on which the series is based. Brown-Long wrote about her experience being sex trafficked as a teenager and her conviction at 16.
When she was 16, Brown-Long was tried as an adult for aggravated robbery and first-degree murder. She claimed self-defense, but was sentenced to life in prison.
Brown-Long was granted clemency in 2019 and Anthony was among many celebrities who championed her defense. LeBron James, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna also advocated for Brown-Long.
After earning associates and bachelor's degrees while in prison, Brown-Long now advocates for trafficking victims and juvenile sentencing reform. She will consult on the series with her husband, Jamie Long.
G-Unit has an overall deal with Starz. Jackson also produced Power, Power Book II: Ghost and two more Power spinoffs in the works.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan writer Santa Sierra is writing The Case of Cyntoia Brown and executive producing. Anthony brought the project to G-Unit.
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