George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin's family, others for $100 million

Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman is suing Martin's family

'Disgraceful Sham': George Zimmerman Sues Parents of Trayvon Martin, Others for $100 Million

George Zimmerman, who in 2013 was acquitted of charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, is suing Martin's family and others for $100 million, the Miami Herald reports.

The lawsuit also names Harper Collins as a defendant, accusing the publisher of defaming Zimmerman by publishing Crump's book, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, "with actual malice knowing the untruth or at a minimum a reckless disregard for the truth".

Klayman had planned to screen a film by conservative filmmaker Joel Gilbert detailing the allegations in the lawsuit.

Zimmerman's lawsuit rests on "newly discovered" evidence from another entertainment outlet: A documentary titled The Trayvon Martin Hoax, which alleges that the Martin family engineered a fake witness during Zimmerman's trial.

Of course, the first issue here-after getting past the fact that a man who targeted, stalked, and ultimately shot a child to death has the unmitigated gall to sue that child's family and friends-is that Rachel Jeantel has always made it clear that she was not Trayvon's girlfriend.

It should go without saying that this documentary is rooted in neither truth, nor facts. "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", Crump stated.

Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin in their Sanford neighborhood in 2012. "This tale defies all logic, and it's time to close the door on these baseless imaginings". The lawsuit also claims the real "Diamond Eugene" is a Miami resident named Brittany Diamond Eugene who did not testify in the trial.

"Because of the arrest, charges, prosecution and federal investigation, Zimmerman lives in constant fear of physical harm due to regular death threats, which often are expressed in rap music as well as online social media commentary", the suit says. "Defendant Jeantel also lied about her identity, falsely claiming her nickname to be 'Diamond Eugene'".

The lead defendant is Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, who became one of the many pained faces of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of her son's death.

Zimmerman then proceeded to follow Martin which resulted in a confrontation where Zimmerman claimed he was attacked by Martin, causing him to shoot and kill the teen in "defense".

Zimmerman, Klayman, and Gilbert will host a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Earlier this year, a legal ethics panel of the Washington bar association called for Klayman to be suspended from practicing law for almost three years for "egregious" misconduct after he harassed a woman who rejected his romantic advances.

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