Spike Lee has found himself in the middle of a $15,000 lawsuit brought forth by an elderly Florida couple who claim he put them in the middle of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman scandal. The director tweeted out an address last year that he thought belonged to Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder last July for Martin’s death, but it was an address belonging to Elaine and David McClain. The elderly couple has now filed a lawsuit in Florida that accuses Lee of negligence.
A man in California had tweeted the address to various celebrities, including Lee, who then retweeted the incorrect information to his 240,000 followers. The McClains told WKMG-TV that Elaine’s youngest son’s name is George Zimmerman, but had no relation to the Trayvon Martin shooter and hadn’t lived at the home in years. The couple also said they feared for their lives after the incorrect information was sent out.
Their attorney, Matt Morgan, said Lee called the McClains to apologize and ultimately compensated them. The director settled with them out of court, but the couple said the harassment against them continued well after the settlement and extended into Zimmerman’s 2013 trial. They are now seeking additional damages to compensate for Lee’s negligence.
Lee has not publicly commented on the new lawsuit. Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has received numerous speeding tickets, was photographed touring a firearms factory and had his wife, Shellie, file for divorce after six years of marriage.