George Zimmerman is continuing to traumatize the family of Trayvon Martin. The neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted of Martin’s 2012 murder after a racially fraught trial, and now he is suing the teen’s parents, their attorney, the attorney’s book publisher and prosecutors who tried the case, Time reports.
Martin was 17-years-old and unarmed when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman. Although Zimmerman, who was 28 at the time of the murder, admitted to shooting the teen, he claimed it was in self-defense. Zimmerman on Wednesday (December 4), filed a lawsuit claiming he was defamed when, according to Time, “a trial witness pretended to be the last person to talk to Martin by phone before he was killed when the witness was actually the half-sister of the caller.”
According to the lawsuit, Brittany Diamond Eugene didn’t want to testify that she had been talking to Martin before he was killed. So her half-sister, Rachel Jeantel, pretended that she was talking to the teen before he was fatally shot. Jeantel ended up testifying at Zimmerman’s 2013 trial in Sanford, Florida.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump released an official statement obtained by Time on behalf of himself and Martin’s parents. The suit also accuses Crump, along with HarperCollins Publishers, of defaming Zimmerman in his book “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People.” Crump referred to all of Zimmerman’s claims as “unfounded and reckless,” the news outlet reports:
“This plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, re-victimizing 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,” Crump’s statement said. “This tale defies all logic, and it’s time to close the door on these baseless imaginings.”
Zimmerman’s lawsuit, according to Time, was filed in central Florida and “seeks $100 million for allegations of malicious prosecution and conspiracy.”