‘This hurts’: Justin Bieber and Mia Farrow lead Hollywood stars outraged by Brittney Griner’s 9-year jail term for carrying a cannabis vape pen through the airport
Hollywood stars reacted with outrage on Thursday when it became known that Brittney Griner had been sentenced to nine years in prison for bringing a marijuana monkey into the country in February.
Justin Bieber, Mia Farrow and Andy Cohen were among the celebrities who expressed their dismay in several social media posts posted shortly after news of the conviction broke.
‘THIS HURTS,’ Bieber, 28, posted his Instagram Stories. “If anyone knows anything I can help, let me know.”
Farrow, 77, called the verdict “heartbreaking” as she tweeted: “The Russian judge ignored everything Britney Griner had said. He sentenced her to 9 years in a “penal colony”. For carrying 2 vaping cartridges – medically prescribed. damn. Heartbreaking.’
‘This hurts’: Hollywood stars reacted with outrage on Thursday when it was announced that Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in Russia for bringing in a marijuana monkey in February
Meanwhile, Cohen tweeted in capital letters, “BRING BRITTNEY HOME.” He added an American flag and prayer hands emoji.
Monty Python actor Eric Idle tweeted: ‘Brittney Griner: Basketball star gets nine years in prison for drug possession.
“So for invading a neighboring country it would take about 90,000 years for Putin on the same scale.”
Author Greg Olear tweeted: ‘Brittney Griner is a hostage. This is kidnapping, sanctioned by Putin’s government.”
Griner, a WNBA star, was found guilty of drug smuggling on Thursday by a judge who rejected her claim that she brought in the drugs accidentally. maximum of 10 years imprisonment.
Disbelief: Mia Farrow called the verdict ‘heartbreaking’
Speaking: Andy Cohen tweeted in capital letters, ‘BRING BRITTNEY HOME’
Monty Python actor Eric Idle was among those who expressed their dismay at the verdict
Author Greg Olear tweeted: ‘Brittney Griner is a hostage. This is kidnapping, sanctioned by Putin’s government’
Griner, a WNBA star, was found guilty of drug smuggling on Thursday by a judge who rejected her claim that she accidentally brought in the drugs.
President Biden immediately denounced the verdict, claiming she had been “unjustly detained” — despite her plea of guilty. She said it was an “honest mistake” and that the drugs must have ended up in her purse “accidentally”.
In a statement immediately after the sentencing, Biden said: “Russia is wrongly holding Brittney. It is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so that she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”
He said he would continue to work “tirelessly” to follow “every avenue possible” to bring her and Paul Whelan – another American imprisoned in Russia – home.
Griner, 31, was arrested at the Moscow airport in February and has been incarcerated ever since, despite unsuccessful attempts by the White House to negotiate her release.
On Thursday, she sat in the defendant’s cage in the courtroom throughout the proceedings, relying on an interpreter to whisper to her everything the judge had said.