Kim Kardashian has been eager to shake her reality star image, ever since becoming interested in criminal justice.
On Thursday, Kim posed for a photo alongside convicted killer, Robert Cooper, who is on death row at the notorious San Quentin prison.
The 38-year-old is trying to overturn Cooper’s conviction – much to the dismay of one of the victim’s mother’s.
Mary Ann Hughes, the mother of Christopher Hughes, who was killed in 1983, says she believes Cooper’s attorneys “are using [Kim] her for her reality show status.”
Hughes’ son, Christopher, was murdered while staying over at his friend’s house.
His life was taken alongside parents Douglas and Peggy Ryens and their 10-year-old daughter Jessica.
The victims had been cruelly and callously stabbed to death.
Josh Ryen, the 8-year-old son of Douglas and Peggy, survived. His throat had been cut. The unimaginable murders took place in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills.
But ever since his arrest, Cooper has vehemently protested his innocence.
Mary Ann Hughes told TMZ she was disgusted to see Kardashian hugging Cooper at the Californian prison where he’s been sentenced to death.
“It makes me feel sick to my stomach and I pity her. For what she’s doing to us, there’s nothing to justify what she’s doing to us, the immense pain she is causing us,” she told TMZ.
Hughes said that it’s obvious that Kim has “not read all of the actual evidence.:
“She has bought into half truths perpetrated by the defense. If she actually sat down and read the transcripts of all the trials and appeals, she would be sick to her stomach to be in the same room with him,” Hughes told TMZ.
Kim revealed to her 60.8 million followers on Twitter that she spent two hours talking with Cooper and was convinced of his innocence.
Sharing a picture of herself resting her head on the shoulder of 61-year-old Cooper, Kim tweeted:
“I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row. I found him to be thoughtful, honest and I believe him to be innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.”
The mom-of-four has since registered with the California State Bar to study law.
Kim must also complete 60 college credits and then work as an apprentice at a law firm in San Francisco. She intends to take the Bar Exam in 2022 to become a full time lawyer.
In October, Kim asked then-Governor of California Jerry Brown to re-open Cooper’s case to investigate new potential evidence.
California’s new Governor, Gavin Newsom ordered additional testing in February.
Cooper’s supporters argue that the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department tampered with DNA evidence to frame Cooper.
The believe evidence found on a t-shirt Cooper says he never wore should be retested.
Witnesses also said they had seen three white men driving – what was believed to be the family car – away from the home on the night of the murders.
Kim has freed as many as 17 inmates by secretly funding a criminal justice campaign, it was revealed last month.
The reality TV star began her social justice bids by petitioning President Donald Trump over the release of Tennessee grandmother Alice Marie Johnson in June last year.