Update: Spike Lee Wants Lawsuit Over Zimmerman Tweet Thrown Out

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 25:  Director Spike Lee speaks onstage during the "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts" panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour - Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Update: Spike Lee Wants Lawsuit Over Zimmerman Tweet Thrown Out

Spike Lee has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Florida couple suing the director for tweeting their address, which he believed belonged to George Zimmerman, last year.

Published November 12, 2013


Spike Lee has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Florida couple, who say they continue to receive death threats since the movie director mistakenly tweeted their address, which he thought belonged to George Zimmerman.

The director’s attorney says that the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain should be thrown out because Lee already reached a $10,000 settlement with them last year. The couple says that the previous settlement only covered damages up until March 2012 and not their suffering since.


A Florida couple filed a lawsuit against Spike Lee last week for an undisclosed amount for tweeting their address in 2012, which he believed at the time belonged to George Zimmerman. Lee posted it in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin

Lee previously apologized to Elaine and David McClain and paid them $10,000 settlement in March 2012. But the couple says they continue to receive hate mail and media presence from those who still don't know that Zimmerman does not reside at their address.

The McClains are seeking at least $15,000 in damages, according to ABC News. They may be seeking as much as $1.2 million, according to a court filing by Lee's attorney, the Smoking Gun reports.

The mix up may have occurred because the youngest son of Elaine McClain has the last name Zimmerman and the middle name George. Lee reposted the information from a man in California, who had tweeted the address to several celebrities. 

Lee said he regrets sending the tweet on Oprah's Next Chapter, which aired Sunday. "There's nothing I can say that can defend what I did. It was stupid," he said. 

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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