Charles, 53, was one of President Trump’s guests at the State of the Union address in February, a little more than a month after he was released from prison after serving more than two decades of a 35-year sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. Kardashian, who has frequented the White House to lobby Trump for sentencing reform, brought Charles’s case to the president during her visits. But since his release from prison, Charles’s road hasn’t been without its bumps.
Charles told the Tennessean last week that his application for a two-bedroom apartment outside of Nashville was denied because of his record — yet another steep obstacle former prisoners face when reentering society.
“I’m pretty distraught about it because it’s not allowing me to have a full second chance,” Charles told the newspaper. Just months after being released, he’d already secured a car and a full-time job, but housing was still an unknown. On Sunday, he got the news that Kardashian wanted to help.
“Kim did not do this for attention or publicity, but I had to share it, because it’s [too] good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness, that I wish you to rejoice in this news with me,” Charles wrote on his personal Facebook page late Sunday night.
Tim Hardiman, a close friend of Charles’s and a senior producer at CMT in Nashville, told Us Weekly that Kardashian reached out to Charles privately after hearing about his housing issues. “Her generosity will allow him to save enough money to eventually put a down payment on a house. It’s truly changed his life,” Hardiman added.
Since taking up the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who was sentenced to life for a nonviolent drug offense, Kardashian has remained a fixture on the criminal justice reform circuit. She helped secure Johnson’s freedom, was involved in the case of Cyntoia Brown, who was also granted clemency, and advocated for the First Step Act, which reduces federally mandated minimum sentences.
“It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one,” Kardashian tweeted to her millions of followers in September.