George Zimmerman sues family of Trayvon Martin, and police, for $100 million

Brenda Watkins
December 5, 2019

George Zimmerman has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Trayvon Martin's family - six years after he was acquitted of killing the unarmed black teen in Florida. The book is authored by Ben Crump, who represented the Martin family.

Despite this, Zimmerman incredulously claims "he dropped out of school after the charges, has received death threats and has suffered 'great mental anguish, resulting in Zimmerman requiring professional treatment by psychologists for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and weight gain, '" the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports who also obtained a copy of the suit. "The research also allegedly reveals that Trayvon's real girlfriend and legitimate phone witness was in fact Miami resident Brittany Diamond Eugene, who was switched out for Jeantel when Eugene refused to bear false witness against Zimmerman".

Based on the cellphone records, attorneys contend Jeantel was not Martin's girlfriend and wasn't on the phone with him before the fatal shooting.

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

Crump said in a statement on behalf of the Martin family that the "tale" in the lawsuit "defies all logic, and it's time to close the door on these baseless imaginings". "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.

On Feb 26, 2012, Mr Zimmerman, who was then a neighbourhood watch captain in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, shot the black youth.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court seeks $100million in civil damages for defamation, abuse of civil process and conspiracy. Zimmerman had faced charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case, which also shed light on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

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Trump and Giuliani have found some support for their claims among other GOP lawmakers , who Hill lacerated in her public testimony for giving voice to the conspiracy theory.

Klayman said 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel appeared in court two weeks later, posing as Eugene and providing incriminating false statements against Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is scheduled to hold a press conference with the director of the documentary "The Trayvon Hoax" on Thursday, which is the basis for the lawsuit, according to a news release.

Fulton, who was thrust into the national spotlight following her son's death, is now running for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission.

Zimmerman is being represented by Larry Klayman, who founded the right-wing activist group Judicial Watch in 1994.

Zimmerman claimed that when he approached Martin the teen attacked him, so he fired his weapon in self defense.

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