Director Spike Lee is being sued by a Florida couple after he posted their address on his Twitter account identifying it as the home of acquitted Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman.
The address of Elaine and David McClain was shared with to 240,000 followers back in March 2012. Lee believed it was Zimmerman’s address and was frustrated at the lack of legal action against the former neighborhood watch volunteer after he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin.
Some who retweeted the address implied that they would plan something violent against the occupants.
Realizing his mistake, Lee deleted the tweet and apologized to the McClains’, but the address is still circulating on social media as recently as Nov. 10, according to The Verge.
Lee reported settled with the couple, but the matter obviously hasn't been dropped.
They say they have received threats, physical and emotional distress, and permanent loss of property value. Law enforcement and media have had a prolonged presence outside their door.
The suit seeks damages “in excess of $15,000,” although the couple’s attorney says the claim could be worth more than $1.2 million.