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Officials visit Brittney Griner for first time in months
2022-11-05

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Officials from the U.S. embassy in Moscow met with Brittney Griner on Nov. 3, according to Reuters.

It was the first visit in months for the out lesbian WNBA star who is jailed in Russia and could soon be transferred to a penal colony.

"We are told she is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

The visit was the first consular access to Griner (who recently marked her 32nd birthday by sending a message of gratitude for the support she's received) since early August, when the two-time Olympic gold medalist was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling for bringing cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia. Last week, a court denied an appeal against her nine-year prison sentence.

Meanwhile, Brittney's wife, Cherelle, is asking fans to show their support for Brittney by writing letters, People Magazine noted. At Glamour's Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 1, Cherelle read an emotional letter she'd written to her wife to share how difficult things have been since Brittney was arrested.

"I've spent the last eight months riding waves of grief and to be honest, total disbelief," said Cherelle. "I can't believe that I'm standing in front of you guys today and living without my favorite person—my greatest love, my sanctuary."


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