George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin’s family, claiming defamation

Lula Sharp
December 5, 2019

Zimmerman's lawsuit, filed Wednesday, said a trial witness pretended to be the last person to talk to Martin by phone before he was killed when the witness was actually the half-sister of the caller.

As you'll recall, Trayvon was visiting his father in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012, and was returning from a store with candy when he was killed by Zimmerman, who had reported him to cops as suspicious.

Prosecutors and police at the time described the shooting as unjustified, and Martin became a national figure, sparking protests across the country. Zimmerman claimed that he would donate part of the proceeds from the auction to fighting Black Lives Matter.

Two after that, 18-year-old Jeantel, Eugene's half sister, appeared before the court and "provided false statements to incriminate Zimmerman based on coaching from others". The book is by Ben Crump, who represented the Martin family.

The lawsuit cites allegedly newly discovered information presented in an upcoming documentary, The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America, directed by Joel Gilbert. The jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder. Klayman announced a press conference to be held Thursday in Coral Gables. However, the cinema canceled the event Wednesday afternoon following outrage on Twitter.

"The lawsuit claimed there was defamation by Martin's attorney and a book publishing company, "malicious prosecution" by prosecutors, and a conspiracy by Martin's family and a lawyer to use a false witness with a made-to-order false storyline to try to fraudulently create probable cause to" get Zimmerman convicted. He claims they published false, misleading and slanderous statements that damage Zimmerman's character.

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"Zimmerman lives in constant fear of physical harm due to regular death threats, which often are expressed in rap music as well as online social media commentary", the lawsuit reads.

Martin was black. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic. She's running for the District 1 seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission being vacated by a term-limited Barbara Jordan in the Miami Gardens area.

"This plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions", he continued. "He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims", Crump's statement said.

'This tale defies all logic, and it's time to close the door on these baseless imaginings'.

Klayman, HarperCollins and a representative for the Trayvon Martin Foundation did not immediately respond to CBS News' request for comment.

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