‘Kim Kardashian went from my prison poster girl to personal freedom fighter’

‘Kim Kardashian went from my prison poster girl to personal freedom fighter’

Momolu Stewart and Kim Kardashian pose for a photo during a prison visit

Selfie-made reality queen Kim Kardashian has a £16million mansion, travels by private jet, wears jewels worth a fortune and is worth a billion dollars.

She is married to mega-rich rapper Kanye West, has four gorgeous kids and literally wants for nothing.

The internet is drowning in images reflecting the high life she and her reality co-star sisters enjoy.

Days ago she threw open the doors of her Los Angeles home for a photo shoot.

Then came news she had sold a 20 per cent stake in KKW Beauty for £162million – putting the value of her business at $1billion.

You’d think she is the last person who would want to delve into the murky world of killers, rapists, muggers and drug traffickers.

Kim Kardashian with dad Robert Kardashian

But that’s just what Kim, 39, has done. A yearning to follow in the footsteps of her lawyer dad Robert – famously one of OJ Simpson’s legal team – has seen Kim championing the cause of reformed jailbirds.

She has gone behind bars, looked them in the eye and fought big legal battles for their release.

This isn’t the Kim we know – a model whose life has played out on TV for years. Millions tuned in to see Kim and her clan in Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Among them was killer Momolu Stewart. The same age as Kim, he had pictures of her on his cell wall.

Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson at Variety and Rolling Stone’s Criminal Justice Summit

Never, in his wildest dreams, did he think they would ever meet.

But in an exclusive interview, Stewart today reveals how, after learning Kim was filming a documentary inside prisons, he wrote to her – and she ended up supporting his release after 22 years inside.

He says: “A lot of us would watch the Kardashians, these beautiful women and, you know, we were Keeping up with the Kardashians!

“I had pictures of the Kardashians – especially Kim – on my cell wall.

“One day I wrote her a letter asking for help and, because it was from my heart, it touched her heart.

“I’m so humbled that she was willing to come to prison to sit down and get to know me. We had a conversation for an hour and afterwards she wrote a letter to my judge.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

“She told him, ‘This guy made a mistake, a big one, but it’s time we extend some compassion for the man he is today because he’s not the same person he was at 16’.

“I think Kim has a beautiful heart and soul. She might even be an earth angel and there are no words to describe how grateful I feel.” Stewart was jailed in Washington after a decade of hell. He was six when he saw his mum murder his dad. He was taken in by his aunt and abused by her crack-addict husband.

So he ran away, joined a gang and, on New Year’s Day 1997, he and another teenager shot dead Mark Rosebure, 22, who they accused of robbing them.

Stewart was convicted of first-degree murder and had little hope of release until the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act was passed in 2017.

The new law gives inmates who committed a crime when they were younger than 18 – and spent at least 15 years in prison – a chance to have their sentences cut short.

Stewart stabbed a man a few years after he was jailed. But he considered himself reformed and was studying for a degree when he wrote to Kim. She was making a documentary called the Justice Project – focusing on cases like his.

The unlikely friends had their first meeting last summer, and her letter was one of 40 that convinced Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno to release Stewart for time served.

O J Simpson and Robert Kardashian

Stewart, who got to meet Kim and Kanye at a rally a few days later, has never denied the murder.

And he knows that his victim’s family – and others left bereaved – will resent Kim’s interference.

But he says: “I was a traumatised young man. When you are a child and see blood all over the room and know your father is dead. You see your mother in handcuffs and she is saying everything is going to be all right at the same time as she is led out of the room.

“You move to another household where you are being abused, drowned, beaten and then you run away and go into homelessness at the age of 14.

“You are stabbed in the face by a drug addict, your best friend is killed at 16, shot – when you see these things any adult will know that this child needs some type of therapy.”

Kim’s connection to President Trump, a long-time friend of 42-year-old Kanye, has helped open doors that were previously shut for criminal justice campaigners.

Two years ago Kim helped win the release of Tennessee gran Alice Marie Johnson, 65.

Johnson was given a life sentence without parole in 1997 for trafficking cocaine. Kim went to the Oval Office to make a personal plea for clemency in 2018, arguing the sentence was too harsh. Trump agreed to free her, and Johnson and her jubilant family later appeared with him at a press conference.

Other convicted killers hope Kim can help gain their release. Some feature in a podcast due out on Spotify later this year.

Kim Kardashian meeting Donald Trump at the White House

The star is even preparing to take an introductory law exam in 2022. It will qualify her to be a lawyer at the same time as she serves an apprenticeship at a law firm in San Frantcisco.

Kim previously said: “I felt the system could be so different and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”

Her new career echoes that of her late dad Robert. He was part of the team that helped free American football star and actor OJ Simpson in 1995 despite overwhelming evidence he murdered his wife Nicole and her pal Ron Goldman. Simpson, 72, was later found liable in a civil case for the deaths.

Louis Reed is director of the prison reform group #cut50, which is working with Kim.

He said: “You might know her as the selfie queen but she’s actually incredibly legally astute.

“She is polar opposite of the stereotype you know from The Kardashians. One of the things she talks about privately is that she was the one on her father’s lap while he was typing briefs.

“She was the one going through her father’s file drawers and looking at his legal briefs. So she’s always had this thirst for law. The Kim we see today is not the Kim we saw 10 years ago.”

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