Director Spike Lee is being sued by an elderly couple whose home he wrongly identified as the residence of acquitted murderer George Zimmerman on Twitter last year.
The Guardian reports that in the lawsuit, Elaine and David McClain claim that after Lee posted their address on Twitter in March of 2012 thinking it was Zimmerman’s, they received massive amounts of hate mail, threatening phone calls and media attention at their Florida home.
The initial tweet read:
“I don’t give a fuck what you think kill that Bitch. HERE GO HIS ADDRESS, LET THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN.”
The McClains said in their lawsuit that they feared for their lives after Lee posted their address to his 240,000 followers.
According to the lawsuit, Lee got the address from an unnamed California man who tweeted the address to various celebrities.
The McClains, both in their early 70s, told Orlando news station WKMG-TV that Elaine McClain’s youngest son is named George Zimmerman, but he has no relation to the man who shot and killed Travyon Martin and has not lived at the home in years.
When the McClains first contacted Lee about the tweet, ABC News reports, Lee called the couple to apologize and even compensated them.
But according to the lawsuit, the aforementioned threats continued during and after Zimmerman’s 2013 trial.
“While defendant intended to post the home address of George Zimmerman, he actually posted the address of plaintiffs Elaine McClain and David McClain,” the suit reads.
The McClains are now seeking “in excess” of $15,000 in damages.
Via: The Guardian, Top Photo Credit: Getty Images