It doesn’t appear that George Zimmerman will become a private citizen anytime soon. After being paid for a meet-and-greet appearance at a Florida gun show last week and attempting to fight rapper DMX in a celebrity boxing match earlier this year, now his parents are attempting to cash in. Gladys and Robert Zimmerman have sued actress Roseanne Barr for $15,000 in damages for invasion of privacy and emotional distress. The sitcom star and recent presidential candidate allegedly tweeted out home address a month after George shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
The lawsuit claims that George lived at their address from 2001-2006, but not at the time Barr tweeted it out to her 110,000 followers. Media outlets picked up the tweet and Gladys and Robert claim they were “forced to flee their home” after mobs descended upon the house. Barr acknowledged that the address was incorrect and called her actions “inexcusable,” but also believes the lawsuit is frivolous. “It’s sad that I did apologize & attempt to contact them until hundreds of threats/doxes by their fans,” she tweeted.
Florida couple Elaine and David McClain previously settled out of court with Spike Lee in 2012, after the director retweeted their address thinking it was George’s. Lee also personally apologized to the couple, but they sued again last November after claiming they still received death threats throughout the trial and after George’s acquittal due to the tweet.
George appeared at the New Orlando Gun Show last week to sign autographs and pose for pictures, but local reporters stated that less than 20 people approached Zimmerman throughout his six-hour visit.