Ex-convict Alice Marie Johnson credits Kim Kardashian for freedom… despite ex Kanye West’s remarks

Ex-convict Alice Marie Johnson credits Kim Kardashian for freedom… despite ex Kanye West claiming Donald Trump says HE is responsible for the pardon

  •  Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case, insisted Kim Kardashian is responsible for her freedom
  •  After the reality star lobbied for her release in 2018, the ex-convict debunked Kanye West’s claims that Donald Trump holds him responsible for her full pardon
  •  Johnson called the mother-of-four ‘her angel’ for leveraging her relationship with Ivanka Trump to ‘strategically make a case for’ her freedom
  •  While Johnson said West privately could have influenced Trump’s decision to grant her clemency, she says they did not speak when she was behind bars
  •  Johnson added West was supportive of her pardon, and when they met, he was ‘in tears’

Alice Marie Johnson, who served 21 years of a life sentence for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case, insisted Kim Kardashian is responsible for her freedom.

After the 42-year-old reality star successfully lobbied for Johnson’s release to Donald Trump in 2018, the ex-federal prisoner, 67, debunked Kanye West‘s claims that the former president, 76, actually holds him responsible for her full pardon. 

In response to West’s recent remarks, Johnson called the mother-of-four ‘her angel’ for leveraging her relationship with Ivanka Trump ‘to strategically make a case for’ her freedom,’ according to TMZ

Her angel: Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case, insists Kim Kardashian is responsible for her freedom (pictured in 2018)

Her angel: Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case, insists Kim Kardashian is responsible for her freedom (pictured in 2018)

While Johnson acknowledged that West privately could have influenced Trump’s decision to grant her clemency, she says they did not speak while she was behind bars.

Johnson added West was supportive of her pardon, and when they met, he was ‘in tears.’

In February, she revealed exclusively to DailyMailTV that Hollywood studios have tabled biopic offers, which she plans to develop.

Hard work: After the 42-year-old reality star successfully lobbied for Johnson's release to Donald Trump in 2018, the ex-federal prisoner, 67, debunked Kanye West's claims that the former president, 76, actually holds him responsible for her full pardon; seen in 2019

Hard work: After the 42-year-old reality star successfully lobbied for Johnson’s release to Donald Trump in 2018, the ex-federal prisoner, 67, debunked Kanye West’s claims that the former president, 76, actually holds him responsible for her full pardon; seen in 2019

Pardoned: In response to West's recent remarks, Johnson called the mother-of-four 'her angel' for leveraging her relationship with Ivanka Trump 'to strategically make a case for' her freedom,' according to TMZ; seen in 2019

Pardoned: In response to West’s recent remarks, Johnson called the mother-of-four ‘her angel’ for leveraging her relationship with Ivanka Trump ‘to strategically make a case for’ her freedom,’ according to TMZ; seen in 2019

Award-winning actresses Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, and Regina King are the justice reform advocate’s preferred choices to play her in the movie. 

While many in Hollywood have attacked President Trump before and after his White House term, she promised to present him sympathetically, saying she is ‘forever grateful’ for his release order four years ago and later full pardon.

Johnson made headlines when Kardashian visited the White House in 2018 and personally pleaded her case with Trump, convincing him that a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense was wrong.

Supportive: While Johnson acknowledged that West privately could have influenced Trump's decision to grant her clemency, she says they did not speak while she was behind bars (Kim pictured telling Alice that she's getting out of prison)

Supportive: While Johnson acknowledged that West privately could have influenced Trump’s decision to grant her clemency, she says they did not speak while she was behind bars (Kim pictured telling Alice that she’s getting out of prison)

Johnson added West was supportive of her pardon, and when they met, he was 'in tears' (seen in March 2022)

Johnson added West was supportive of her pardon, and when they met, he was ‘in tears’ (seen in March 2022)

Speaking on camera about Hollywood’s plans to turn her life story into a film, Johnson said: ‘I have already had some offers.

‘I have looked at several actresses that I would love to portray me.

‘I love Queen Latifah. I think she would be a strong character, one that would show her survival instincts.

‘I absolutely love Angela Bassett. The reason I love her is because I love to dance and she is a great actress and dancer. There are some others on my list: I love Regina King.

The story continues: In February, she revealed exclusively to DailyMailTV that Hollywood studios have tabled biopic offers , which she plans to develop

The story continues: In February, she revealed exclusively to DailyMailTV that Hollywood studios have tabled biopic offers , which she plans to develop

Dreams for the big screen: Award-winning actresses Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, and Regina King are the justice reform advocate's preferred choices to play her in the movie

Dreams for the big screen: Award-winning actresses Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, and Regina King are the justice reform advocate’s preferred choices to play her in the movie

‘I want someone that can bring the passion and all facets of my life to the big screen, not just being a prisoner who survived and came out, but to really humanize my story.

‘And also show the ups and downs, because I really could have given up, but I did not.

‘I am a fighter. So I need someone who has that fighting spirit.’

Johnson added she wants to be hands-on with the movie, having produced plays performed by fellow inmates during her time in prison.

Her plans: While many in Hollywood have attacked President Trump before and after his White House term, she promised to present him sympathetically, saying she is 'forever grateful' for his release order four years ago and later full pardon; seen in 2022

Her plans: While many in Hollywood have attacked President Trump before and after his White House term, she promised to present him sympathetically, saying she is ‘forever grateful’ for his release order four years ago and later full pardon; seen in 2022

‘I would like to help with the script writing, because I am passionate about that.

‘I do not want something that is just a feel good story.

‘I hope though my story is a story of hope, survival and not just turning lemons into lemonade. ‘In life we will have things that will knock us down, but it is how we respond to those things that shape the individuals.

‘I could have taken a different road and allowed prison to get inside of me. I didn’t allow myself to be conformed to the place I was located.’

Said she wanted the movie to be grounded rather than becoming an glamorous upbeat Hollywood biopic.

‘I want them to see that I am a regular person that made a mistake. And with that first ever mistake I was given life plus 25 years without the possibility of parole. They need to see this justice system is broken. I am not unique.

‘This gives me an opportunity to make criminal justice reform front and center.’

A miracle: Johnson made headlines when Kardashian visited the White House in 2018 and personally pleaded her case with Trump, convincing him that a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense was wrong

A miracle: Johnson made headlines when Kardashian visited the White House in 2018 and personally pleaded her case with Trump, convincing him that a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense was wrong

Johnson served almost 22 years in federal prison. After her release in 2018 following a campaign by Kardashian, she began campaigning to get pardons for others like her, serving long sentences for relatively minor, nonviolent and first offenses.

Her non-profit, Taking Action for Good (TAG), has advocated for over 100 clemency and pardon applicants, and has helped 46 people receive second chances.

Her story was credited with prompting the passage of the First Step Act in 2018, a law that rewards good behavior in prison with shortened sentences and job training.

‘It means a lot to me to tell other’s stories,’ she said. ‘It is not about the things I did. It is about the people I represent.’

The activist said that her charity work would remain a priority over her Hollywood offers – though she now considers A-lister Kardashian a friend.

‘When I met Kim Kardashian I did not even know who she was. I did not have any preconceived ideas about her. I met her as a friend, who was advocating for me. We have a very close bond now.

Speaking on camera about Hollywood's plans to turn her life story into a film, Johnson said: 'I have already had some offers; seen in 2020

Speaking on camera about Hollywood’s plans to turn her life story into a film, Johnson said: ‘I have already had some offers; seen in 2020

‘I have been actually so busy going from state to state. Just seeing the fruit of my labor, bringing communities together and restoring families. It is hard but very rewarding work.’

She also said she believes Kim, who is training to be a lawyer, will likely follow her father Robert Kardashian into criminal defense.

‘I think Kim was born with that in her, but didn’t realize she had it in her until my case came along. My case changed her life and she changed my life too. Because she saw the results of fighting. She said ‘If I can save someone’s life, I’ll do anything.’

‘I told Kim that she was born with this DNA in her, and it just took my case for her to realize what was in her.’

Criminal justice reform advocate: Johnson was convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine

Criminal justice reform advocate: Johnson was convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine

Johnson was convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.

She had gotten addicted to gambling and was deep in debt. When Tennessee gang members asked her to pick up burner phones for them in return for cash, she agreed – a decision she now deeply regrets.

But when prosecutors cracked down on the gang’s drug trafficking scheme, Johnson said she was erroneously cast as a ‘queenpin’ and given a draconian sentence despite her previous clean slate.

‘I was an ordinary individual, working and taking care of my children. And crises happened,’ she said. ‘Sometimes in crisis situations we need to do better.’

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