'Lying, manipulating' George Zimmerman 'bullied his colleague with racial comments'
By JAMES NYE
PUBLISHED: 02:37, 28 June 2012 | UPDATED: 02:49, 28 June 2012
George Zimmerman bullied and aimed racist comments at an Arab-American co-worker, mocking him as a terrorist and making fun of his accent.
That is the claim from Zimmerman's 28-year-old former colleague, who worked together with him at CarMax in Sanford, Florida, in 2008 and alleges remorseless bullying.
Speaking anonymously because of fears of getting his family involved with the furore surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, the former car-salesman labelled Zimmerman a 'manipulator' and a liar with a 'great poker face'
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The unidentified man used to work with George Zimmerman at CarMax in Sanford, Florida and claimed persistent bullying by Zimmerman
Speaking to ABC News, the man said that upon joining CarMax four years ago, he quickly became recognised as one of the top salesmen at the car retailership, which invoked the jealously of Zimmerman, who was 24 at the time.
Claiming that Zimmerman would do anything to gain the approval of his colleagues, the unidentified man said that although he does not believe that Zimmerman is racist, he certainly made racially motivated comments towards him.
'He wasn't joking around,' said the man.
'He was choosing his words. He was making fun or my accent, or pretending that I have a thick accent.
The CarMax in Sanford, Florida, where George Zimmerman used to work in 2008 (left) and where it is alleged he bullied a former colleague (right)
Alleging that Zimmerman was repeatedly 'impersonating me in a terrorist character,' the man told ABC News that the bullying became so intense that he complained to his superiors in a letter.
'Since I started working in CarMax Sanford, George has been dealing with me in an unprofessional manner and has mastered the art of emerging as the nice guy to others in order to make me look like the unsocial type and out of place,' read the letter.
However, following the complaint, Zimmerman denied all of the accusations.
'The guy was so convincing when he was confronted by management to the point where I doubted my own self,' said the unnamed man.
'I would not be surprised if he got away with it (the Martin murder charge).
'He's got, like you say, a good poker face. Great poker face.
'That pretty much summarises this guy's personality.
'Great poker face.'
The man who spoke to ABC with his face blurred, told the interviewer of Zimmerman's childish attitude towards him.
Questions: Zimmerman, pictured in court in April, will next appear at a bond hearing set for June 29
He alleged that Zimmerman gave him 'wrong directions about how to perform my job, and then later made jokes to other employees and manages of how 'stupid' I was to listen'.
During the course of the interview he remembered the moment he first heard Zimmerman's name connected with the death of Trayvon Martin.
'Because that name, I'll never forget...I had to pull over when I heard him on the news.'
The former colleague said that Zimmerman, who is now 28, called him a 'f***ing moron' on numerous occasions and that it was his success at his job which Zimmerman manipulated against him.
'Zimmerman noticed the gap, or the unwelcome from some of the other employees and he took that opportunity to pretty much put me as a target, and to make fun of me, bully me around, pretty much harass me 24/7,' alleged the man.
'Just make it difficult for me to work there.'
However, the man did claim that other sympathetic colleagues noticed.
'Other sales people would come and approach me and say, don't worry about this guy, he's a bully, he's an idiot, he's young, he doesn't know what he's doing.'
Blow by blow: A video of George Zimmerman recounting his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in his own words a day after the attack has been released by the man's legal defense team
Stand off: In the video, Zimmerman (left) claims he followed Martin (right) to see where he went in order to help officers arriving at the scene - even though a 911 responder told him not to
When asked about these allegations, Zimmerman's attorney did not comment and neither would CarMax.
Zimmerman was let go from CarMax shortly afterwards on an unrelated matter.
The accusations come a day after a report found that George Zimmerman passed two lie detector tests on the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead.
An hour-long interrogation video released this week captured Zimmerman as he described the events leading up to the moment when Trayvon Martin was shot with a single bullet to the chest.
As he spoke, his voice levels were being measured with a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA), and was found to be telling the truth.
Zimmerman was also seen in video recreating the encounter with Martin, explaining to the cameras how he grabbed the gun before Martin did.
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