Despite selling one of his original oil paintings for over $100,000 just two months ago, George Zimmerman has declared he is now broke, homeless and suffering from PTSD. In a new interview with Univision program Aqui y Ahora, he maintained his innocence in the death of Trayvon Martin and said that shooting the teenager was vital in order to save his own life.
“When he saw my handgun and looked at it and told me that he was going to kill me that night, that was enough of a threat after the way he had attacked me,” said Zimmerman. “I felt his hand going for my weapon.” He also said that God is “the only judge that I have to answer to” and spoke of plans to continue his education and eventually become an attorney.
Zimmerman was found not guilty on all charges last July, but faced millions of dollars in legal fees afterwards. Despite clearing over $100,000 last December, he is now “totally homeless” and relies on his family to help him. Zimmerman also said he has received ongoing death threats and can’t go out unless he is wearing a bulletproof vest.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Zimmerman would square off in a “celebrity boxing match” against rapper DMX. Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman said he would hand-pick the 100 people who attended the boxing match due to security concerns. Although the fight was canceled just one week later after immense protest, there are still reported plans for Zimmerman to fight someone in an event that would be available to view via paid live stream.