Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweets

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman
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Spike Lee has been sued by an elderly couple in Florida, whose address he incorrectly identified as the home of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman, according to court documents obtained by the Smoking Gun.

The suit claims the “Do the Right Thing” director tweeted out the Florida address along with George Zimmerman’s name in March 2012 to his 240,000-plus Twitter followers.

“While defendant intended to post the home address of George Zimmerman, he actually posted the address of plaintiffs Elaine McClain and David McClain,” the complaint reads.

“I don’t give a f— what you think kill that Bitch,” one Spike Lee follower wrote. “HERE GO HIS ADDRESS, LET THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN.”

The McClains originally reached a settlement with Lee on March 29, 2012, but “retweets” of the director’s heated remarks caused the couple even more grief over the next year.

The duo seek “in excess” of $15,000 in damages.

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  1. Carolyn Rhodes says:

    But Lee settled with these plaintiffs in 2012 for $10,000 and doesn’t seem to have done anything wrongful since then. The plaintiffs are blaming Lee for other Twitter users’ post-settlement RE-tweets of Lee’s single pre-settlement tweet. I’m sympathetic in a general sense with the plaintiffs, but they settled already and appear to have buyers’ remorse.

    • lily says:

      Are you stupid ? Spike Lee giving out that address hate and race baiting at its best . He knew he could have been giving out the wrong address and he knew the anger in the case would cause serious implications for the person that had that address . He also knew his stupid Tweet would be re – tweeted by hate mongers like him . Stupid is as stupid does .
      Lee is still stirring the race/hate pot and always will. Look no further than his sour crying over Oscar nods this week . The grown turd honestly thinks Blacks should automatically be in every category even when they were honestly beat . He never once stopped to mention Selma pissed people off by slandering LBJ and by its director being lazy in her campaign . The film did not deserve nods just because it was about Civil Rights or was about Blacks . White Privilege ? No ! Mr. Lee expects Black Privilege . And he does run his AND I – WHITE mouth constantly . To the point that Samuel L Jackson got sick of it .
      Did Mr. Lee meet with these people and truly say sorry ? . Did he go on live tv and announce that he is part of a problem in ignoring Black on Black Crime and did something very stupid because he is a bitter fool ? No ! Not Spike ” I am the next Al Sharpton ” Lee . The little jerk needs his ass kicked by his own people .

  2. RoBoTeq says:

    Zimmerman had a history of aggression toward others prior to his harrassing Martin and has since been charged with aggression on more than one occassion. Had Zimmerman not been so aggressive in his pursuit of Martin and waited for the police, there would never have been an altercation. In this particular case, the only thing Martin was really guilty of was getting the best of his aggressor before being shot to death. I certainly would not want to live near Zimmerman. Then again, since I carry, things would have turned out a lot different for Zimmerman had he decided to stalk and harass someone such as myself.

  3. PoliPsy says:

    George Zimmerman was found innocent by a jury. Troubled teen, Trayvon Martin, was found to have initiated the violence that led to his death. The racists in America tried to make an issue of self-defense into an issue of offensive racial behavior. It didn’t work. Martin – aggressor. Zimmerman – defender.

  4. It’s unfortunate that the Spike Lee controversy is overshadowing the greater issue of the court debacle that led to George Zimmerman being back on the street packing weapons. In the days since his acquittal, George Zimmerman’s sociopathic behavior that led to Trayvon’s death has emerged over and over — each time involving firearms in the hands of a man who still carries his gun permit. My neighbor lost his permit for firing in the air on the 4th of July. This man fired into the body of a young man that should be making out his wish list for Christmas. (By the way, after seeing “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” I’m a little conflicted as to how Spike Lee could send a linch mob to bring vigilante justice to Zimmerman, while making a nice piece of cash aggrandizing a convicted rapist.)

  5. Robin Boyd says:

    Even though I believe that George Zimmerman created the circumstances that ended up with his killing Martin. And even though I believe that George Zimmerman should have been found guilty of either murder or at the least, voluntary manslaughter, I do not believe that George Zimmerman’s motive was racial. However, Spike Lee’s motivations for his actions of hate most certainly are racist.

    George Zimmerman has been ramping up his tendencies for violence all of his life. Each time George Zimmerman’s family influence with the so called justice system kept George Zimmerman from being taking responsibility for his violent actions, George Zimmerman stepped up his level of aggressiveness a notch. George Zimmerman was going to create a situation where he could use his newly purchased firearm no matter what method to do so made itself available to him.

    If we need to point a racist finger at anyone here, it is Spike Lee who is the obvious racist.

  6. KenD says:

    So wait. Spike Lee calls out to have George Zimmerman killed? Before the trial even occurred? Seriously? That’s the real issue here folks. Is it legal under the 1st Amendment? Just Maybe, as it is a definite incitement to murder. Is it morally heinous, disgusting, and Naziistic, and from a public figure no less? Abso-f—ing-lutely. He should be excommunicated, from both Hollywood and society.

  7. Little man syndrome — and I’m not referring to his height.

  8. $15,000 Dollars? For the grief this has caused this couple, how could they not be due at least a half mil? Lee should do the right thing irrespective of court proceedings.

  9. Clemmieo says:

    What kind of a person is it ho would feel compelled to give out someone’s address; particularly in light of all that was going on at the time; Zimmerman’s trial? I hope this elderly couple get a big settlement. I wonder how Spike Lee would feel if his residence was inundated with unwelcome and hostile visitors, which was obviously what he wanted for Zimmerman. Shame on him!

  10. puttin on the ritz says:

    spike you should of known better

    • Falstaff says:

      Might as well have tried to stop Bull Conner with “you should know better”, as if either had erred by having one or two too many drinks. Lee is an egoistic racist, the likes of which are stopped only by being condemned as such.

  11. bugs says:

    spike lee is a true hater. I would never “pay” to see his works. Who knows maybe Zimmerman will come lookin for him

    • Devout says:

      @bugs, do you actually think that Spike Lee cares if you “pay” to see any of his works…Your 3 dollar coins mean absolutely nothing to that millionaire…and I doubt very seriously if Zimmerman will ever go after Spike Lee, because if he did, I’m sure he would find himself in a body bag in Harlem somewhere.

  12. Lance Jackson says:

    Mr. Lee’s Twitter remarks are despicable. As a 70 year old man who marched with Dr. King, whose own brother was beaten for 3 hours by drunken bigots in Baltimore in 1972, and as a leader in my community for justce for young African-American men, I cannot believe that a man with as much artistic integrity as Mr. Lee would sink to such a low level. It is an embarrassment for the African-American community and Mr. Lee should be ashamed. Justice is never served with vengence.

    • John says:

      Why do you call him “MR.LEE”? Do you give him that much RESPECT? After all he is a RACIST, WHITE HATEING BLACK MAN, and he should be in JAIL for inciting murder or at least murder for hire

      • Robin Boyd says:

        John, my assumption is that Mr. Jackson referred to Spike Lee as Mr. Lee because Mr. Jackson is a respectful man who can maintain his own dignity while expressing his opinion that another was being undignified. I don’t mean to presume Mr. Jackson’s character, but that is how I view Mr. Jackson’s reference to Mr. Lee to be.

    • Devout says:

      It is NOT an embarrassment for the African American community. Anyone in this world could have done the exact same thing because the address is available online through any resource. I suppose the New Black Panthers are also an embarrassment for the African American community since they have a 10 million dollar bounty on his head….

  13. If Spike Lee had published my ex-wife’s home address in that tweet, I would have thanked him and joined his kickstarter campaign.

  14. Payback is a bitch, Spike. Maybe you could concentrate on making movies that don’t SUCK from now on…

  15. PhilG says:

    Isn’t that incitement to violence *anyway*…?

    • Devout says:

      No it’s not..It’s called FREEDOM OF SPEECH which is protected by the First Amendment.

      • MyWayOrTheWrongWay says:

        Freedom of Speech. LOL. We allways fall back on an outdated piece of checks and balances to support us when we have nothing further to say in an intelligent or constructive way. You can’t stand up in a theater and yell ‘FIRE’, so I imagine you can’t announce the address to a bunch of retards, who obviously could not locate it themselves on a search engine, with the sole intent of murder. But I appreciate you holding our Bill of Rights in such strong regard. Spike? Too cowardly to go to that address and do ‘justice’ himself? Money doesn;t make you intelligent. Case and Point Spike Lee

  16. Contessa46 says:

    Never tweet when you’re hot under the collar! I know it’s tempting but costly.

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