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Reality star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian is giving her audience an idea of what they can expect from her upcoming true crime podcast.
Kardashian spoke with Interview magazine’s editor-in-chief Mel Ottenberg about “The System,” a Spotify podcast centered around a triple homicide in Ohio. Kardashian will be hosting the podcast, but stopped short of revealing which case she was covering ahead of the first season.
“The first season is about a really crazy case where a guy got the death sentence for a triple homicide that happened in Ohio,” said Kardashian. “There are so many twists and turns with how it was handled — or mishandled — and we take the listener along for a journey in search of the truth.”
According to E! Online, Kardashian signed a podcast deal with Spotify back in 2020 with plans to focus on stories pertaining to criminal justice reform, in which she has taken a keen interest in recent years.
The daughter of late criminal defense attorney Robert Kardashian, she has been using her celebrity to shed light on mass incarceration, as shown in Oxygen’s two-hour documentary “The Justice Project,” which focused on the conviction and eventual presidential pardon of Alice Marie Johnson.
In Tuesday's Interview article, she explained to Ottenberg how her passion for exposing wrongful convictions came about.
“I just saw something on social media that I didn’t feel like was fair, and I didn’t understand it,” Kardashian stated. “A woman that didn’t do anything violent, never had a ticket in her life, she answered the phone as a mule and got the same sentence as Charles Manson. When I saw that, I was like, ‘I don’t get it. How did this happen? Did she need a better attorney?’ I really didn’t know, so I educated myself about it.”
Kardashian said she could “resonate” with getting behind convictions stemming from low-level drug offenses but wasn’t quite sure if she could tackle more serious crimes — such as murder — until she visited a women’s prison.
“Their stories were all very similar,” said Kardashian. "They all committed a crime for their boyfriend or for their husband. I mean, I probably did some dumb s--t at some point, and I was maybe just a few decisions off of being in a similar situation. Any of us could be.”
For Kardashian, that only enforced her passion for criminal justice reform.
“Once I saw how broken the system is, I couldn’t stop," Kardashian admitted. “I have to help as many people as I can. These people are thrown away and put in prison, and no one cares. It’s so heartbreaking.”
Kardashian confessed to being a “true-crime junkie” who had to force herself to stop watching NBC News' "Dateline" so that she could focus on her studies.
She explained she is about halfway finished with law school.
“It’s time-consuming,” said Kardashian. “I have to study two hours every day with my professor. I don’t have a day off from that.”
Kardashian is still recording episodes of “The System,” and a premiere date has yet to be revealed.
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