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by on December 5, 2019
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Today, George Zimmerman, who was tried and acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin filed a lawsuit in a Florida court seeking over $100 million dollars alleging defamation, abuse of civil process and conspiracy.

 

Zimmerman is suing Martin’s family, the Martin family attorney, Ben Crump, HarperCollins, the publisher of a new book written by Crump, prosecutors and others involved in the case claiming that the evidence presented in his 2012 homicide trial for the fatal shooting of Martin was false, and alleges that all defendants “have worked in concert to deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other legal rights.”

 

The laundry list of  injuries claimed by Zimmerman include:  getting kicked off of several dating websites, weight gain, getting kicked out of college, not being able to find a job, loss of reputation and being unable to live a normal life, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

 

In the Complaint, Zimmerman goes to great lengths to criminalize Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 16 year old teenager whom Zimmerman stalked and killed in 2012, while portraying himself as a “social activist,” “minority advocate” and “mentor in a program for African American teens whose parents were in prison.”

 

The lawsuit advances Zimmerman’s version of events leading up to Martin’s death, with allegations of efforts by the Martin family to weave a false narrative through dishonest accounts from witnesses.

 

STATEMENT FROM THE MARTIN FAMILY ATTORNEY

 

Crump released a statement about the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon.

 

"I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is - another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.

 

This plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions. 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.

 

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

 

The case sparked protests and a national debate about the killing of unarmed African-Americans.