Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who had her life sentence for possessing and dealing cocaine commuted last week after Kim Kardashian met with President Donald Trump, revealed on Thursday that she had no clue who Kardashian was when the reality TV star first began advocating for her release.
“I did not know her name. As soon as I found out who she was, I started getting every magazine I could find and I started finding out, reading everything I could about her,” said Johnson in a joint interview with Kardashian for NBC’s Today.
Kardashian and Johnson, who had been in contact via phone for months, met in person for the first time at Johnson’s sister’s home, and could be seen hugging each other with joy throughout their interview with Hoda Kotb. Johnson, who served more than 20 years in prison prior to her release, talked about what’s next for her now that her life sentence is behind her. She said that she hopes to use her newfound freedom to help free others held who are imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses.
“I plan on continuing to magnify this issue. I can’t stop, I can’t stop. I’ve lived it, I’ve walked with them. My life is completely intertwined forever with those who are left behind so it can’t end here,” Johnson told Kotb.
Kardashian, for her part, said that she loved Johnson and that helping negotiate her successful release had “fulfilled my heart.”
“To me, this has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with people. I hope this inspires more people to talk to the people in power that you can have an effect over for the greater good of other people,” Kardashian said. At the end of the piece, Kotb reported that this may not be the last the public hears from Kardashian on the issue and that she’s already brought other similar cases to the attention of the White House.
Watch the full interview with Johnson and Kardashian below.
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