Elderly Couple Sues Spike Lee Over Angry Zimmerman Tweet
An elderly couple has filed a lawsuit against director Spike Lee for retweeting their home address following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
In the wake of the teen’s death, the famous director angrily retweeted to nearly 240,000 followers what he thought was the home address of George Zimmerman, the man who was eventually acquitted of the 17-year-old’s death. Unfortunately, the address was that of a married couple in Florida who had zilch to do with the case.
Elaine and David McClain, the homeowners, claim that after Lee’s tweet, they faced death threats and threatening emails. “He definitely owes a big apology. All this is really scary and it’s a shame. There’s no reason they put our address out there without checking to see who lived there,” Elaine McClain told WKMG TV in Orlando.
According to the suit, the McClain’s were forced to relocate after fearing for their lives.
Back in March of 2012 Lee apologized to the couple and reached a $10,000 settlement agreement, but it just wasn’t enough. The couple, who filed the lawsuit last week at Florida Circuit Court, are reportedly seeking at least $15,000 in damages.
In a new episode of Oprah’s Last Chapter, Lee addressed the incident and apologized for his actions. “I did a stupid thing. I don’t know what my intention was,” Lee said. “There’s nothing I can say that can defend what I did. Stupid. S-t-o-o-p-i-d.”