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Sanford couple sues Spike Lee over tweet about George Zimmerman

6:44 AM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Sanford couple is suing filmmaker Spike Lee after they said he made their life insufferable when he tweeted their address and claimed it was where George Zimmerman lived.

The couple said they've received hundreds of death threats.

In March 2012, just a month after Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, Lee sent out a tweet to his 250,000 followers at the time and he listed an address he believed to be Zimmerman's.

It was the home of Elaine McClain, who said she got phone calls and letters and people showing up to her house with death threats. McClain said she's still getting hate letters in the mail, which is why she's suing for negligence.

"How would he handle this if someone did this to his mother to be terrorized? To be afraid to be home in their kitchen (when) someone goes by the house and is going slow? People again are still tweeting this out and we're still getting mail," McClain said.

The film director did already settle with the McClains.

The settlement came just six days after the tweet and it was for $10,000, but McClain said it doesn't even begin to cover the cost of difficulties they endured for the past year and a half.


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