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    Posted: Nov 11 2013 at 12:38pm

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweet

 
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An elderly Florida couple who found themselves caught in the center of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case last year has filed a lawsuit against film director Spike Lee for retweeting information that mistook their home for Zimmerman’s.

Lee sent a Twitter message last year to his 240,000 followers with an address that he thought belonged to Zimmerman, who was accused of killing the unarmed teenager Martin.

But the address was actually that of Elaine and David McClain of Sanford, Fla., both in their early 70s, whose home became the focal point of online vitriol aimed at Zimmerman, who also lived in Sanford.

Now the McClains have accused Lee of negligence in a lawsuit filed in Florida and posted by The Smoking Gun.

The original source of the misinformation was a man in California, who tweeted the address to various celebrities, according to the lawsuit.

Lee then retweeted to his followers with the same address, which was repeated hundreds of times with threatening messages.

The McClains told Orlando, Fla., news station WKMG-TV that the wife’s youngest son’s name is George Zimmerman but he had no relation to the Zimmerman involved in the case and had not lived at the home in years. They have not sued anyone else.

The McClains said in their lawsuit that they feared for their lives after their address was broadcast on Lee’s account. They are seeking at least $15,000 in damages.

Lee previously settled with the couple over the tweet. The couples’ attorney, Matt Morgan, told the Los Angeles Times in March 2012 that Lee called the McClains to apologize and compensated them.

But the couple’s lawsuit now alleges that the threats continued throughout Zimmerman’s 2013 trial. Morgan did not return calls for comment.

Neither the McClains nor Lee’s representatives have returned ABC News’ request for comments

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I wonder how much he paid the couple the first time .
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thats unfortunate.. id hate ppl to think my house was george zimmermans house.. 

they're seeking at least 15k? 
thats change to spike… 

but if spike only retweeted what someone else originally tweeted.. is it really his fault..? or because of his platform and fans.. it is just as bad as him originally tweeting it..? 

the law can be so weird… 
but yea he probably won't wanna deal with the hassle and just settle 
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Can they ask money over the exact same issue if it's been settled already? He paid them for this before.
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While the McClain's originally settled and received an apology from Lee in March 2012, their lawsuit is now claiming $15,000 for the continued re-tweeting of the address online which caused 'a dangerous mob mentality among his Twitter followers' and the public.

Forced to flee: David and Elaine McClain pictured with their lawyer had to leave their Sanford, Florida home after director Spike Lee incorrectly tweeted their address for George Zimmermans last year

Forced to flee: David and Elaine McClain pictured with their lawyer had to leave their Sanford, Florida home after director Spike Lee incorrectly tweeted their address for George Zimmerman's last year

 

 

They also allege that their home has decreased in value because of the adverse publicity that Lee brought their way.

 

In his apology, Lee tweeted, 'I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace.'

Not enough: Spike Lees tweet in which he apologized for tweeting the incorrect address of David and Elaine McClain last year


 
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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Can they ask money over the exact same issue if it's been settled already? He paid them for this before.
I guess the couple wants more . The lawyer fail . I thought people sign contracts when they settle .
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Originally posted by coconess coconess wrote:

thats unfortunate.. id hate ppl to think my house was george zimmermans house.. 

they're seeking at least 15k? 
thats change to spike… 

but if spike only retweeted what someone else originally tweeted.. is it really his fault..? or because of his platform and fans.. it is just as bad as him originally tweeting it..? 

the law can be so weird… 
but yea he probably won't wanna deal with the hassle and just settle 
I agree .
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But he was just a relay.. go after the person who is the source, not a rich celeb who just passed it on.
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Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

While the McClain's originally settled and received an apology from Lee in March 2012, their lawsuit is now claiming $15,000 for the continued re-tweeting of the address online which caused 'a dangerous mob mentality among his Twitter followers' and the public.

Forced to flee: David and Elaine McClain pictured with their lawyer had to leave their Sanford, Florida home after director Spike Lee incorrectly tweeted their address for George Zimmermans last year

Forced to flee: David and Elaine McClain pictured with their lawyer had to leave their Sanford, Florida home after director Spike Lee incorrectly tweeted their address for George Zimmerman's last year

 

 

They also allege that their home has decreased in value because of the adverse publicity that Lee brought their way.

 

In his apology, Lee tweeted, 'I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace.'

Not enough: Spike Lees tweet in which he apologized for tweeting the incorrect address of David and Elaine McClain last year


 



So even though he's not the source, they're suing him AGAIN for people retweeting content he did NOT make..

They're suing specifically him for others doing what he did, which was simply retweeting, and not suing the person who actually MADE the message.


Let's be blunt, these people, though they were unfairly inconvenienced, are just looking to make quick cash.

He settled easily, they figure he'll settle easily again. Morally, they're going after the wrong person but financially, he is certainly the right target.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote bindy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 11 2013 at 2:09pm
They already got paid.......they should have asked for more money the first go round......lawsuit fail....
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