Spike Lee Sued By Couple Whose Address He Tweeted, Wrongly Believing It Was George Zimmerman’s
3:22 pm, November 11th, 2013
Spike Lee is being sued by the Florida couple whose home address the filmmaker sent to his Twitter followers, wrongly believing it belonged to George Zimmerman.
Elaine and David McClain, who are in their seventies, live in Sanford, Florida — the same town where Zimmerman shot teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, generating national interest in a case that involved race, guns, and controversial laws.
Last year, when a random person in California tweeted the McClains’ address to various celebrities (saying it was Zimmerman’s), Lee retweeted the message to his hundreds of thousands of followers.
There is no connection between the McClains and Zimmerman.
The couple says the director’s mistake led to numerous death threats against them.
Lee apologized to the McClains and entered into a $10,000 settlement with them at the time, but a new negligence lawsuit filed by the couple claims that during this past summer’s Zimmerman murder trial, their address was again widely circulated on social media — leading to more harassment.
They accuse Lee of “encouraging a dangerous mob mentality among his Twitter followers, as well as the public at large,” citing “injuries and damages” in the period after their March 2012 settlement with him.
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