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Kim Kardashian finally meets Alice Johnson in person: 'I love this lady'

Kim Kardashian met Alice Marie Johnson, the woman she was campaigning to be released from prison, in person for the first time.


Emily Treadgold


Alice Marie Johnson finally met Kim Kardashian face-to-face, the woman responsible for getting her freedom.

 

Johnson spent 20 years of her life sentence in prison for a first-time drug trafficking offense. The 63-year-old was released on parole thanks to Kardashian's meeting with President Donald Trump.

 

Kardashian had been campaigning for her freedom for a long time. She first learned of Johnson's case last October, now for the first time, the two women met face-to-face.

I called Ivanka and we had a really great conversation about women and wanting to help each other and I knew that she would've understood Alice and she immediately was so receptive and so great.

The duo appeared on the Today Show for their first joint interview since Johnson's release from a federal prison.

 

"It became this mission that I just didn't want to give up," Kardashian said. 

 

The reality star talked about how she spoke to her attorney after learning about the case to see what she would do, and how she worked closely with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

 

"I called Ivanka and we had a really great conversation about women and wanting to help each other and I knew that she would've understood Alice and she immediately was so receptive and so great," she explained.

Some people criticised Kardashian for how she used her celebrity status to get the case traction, but the mom of three says it wasn't instant. Johnson herself didn't actually know who Kardashian was when she received the news, so she looked at magazines to find out just who this stranger was that campaigned for her release. 

 

"The president had compassion for her right away. He felt that it was the right thing to do," Kardashian added. 

 

Johnson was granted her freedom a week later, and Kim called her to tell her the news.

 

Johnson said, "I love this woman. I love this lady," Johnson said about Kim as they hugged.

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