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Justin Bieber among celebrities shocked by Russia’s jailing of Brittney Griner

Justin Bieber is among famous faces to express shock and dismay at US basketball player Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia.

The pop megastar took to social media to offer his help to bring the athlete home after she was sentenced to nine years in prison for bringing cannabis oil to Russia.

The 28-year-old singer wrote on his Instagram Story: “This hurts.

“If anyone knows how I can help, please let me know.”

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US basketball star Griner, 31, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday (Evgenia Novozhenina/AP)

Griner, 31, a two-time US Olympic gold medalist who plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, was awarded the verdict Thursday by Judge Anna Sotnikova.

Other celebrities who reacted to the news included Jada Pinkett Smith, Mia Farrow and rapper 50 Cent.

Pinkett Smith wrote, “The same day we got justice for Breonna (Taylor)… I find out Brittney Griner just got nine years in Russia #FreeBrittney.”

Actress Farrow said the news was “heartbreaking”.

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Other celebrities who reacted to the news included Jada Pinkett Smith (Anthony Devlin/PA)

“The Russian judge ignored everything Britney Griner said,” she tweeted.

He sentenced her to nine years in a “penal colony” for carrying two vapor cartridges prescribed by a doctor.

“Damn. Heartbreaking.”

50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, said, “That’s wild, smh (shakes my head).”

“You never want to get involved in politics, they’ll tell her, like 10 years for a vape pen, watch it.”

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