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by Paula Bernstein
November 11, 2013 10:17 PM
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Spike Lee Sued Over Tweets About Trayvon Martin's Killer

Spike Lee has been named in a negligence lawsuit regarding alleged Twitter posts about George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida on February 26, 2012, The Smoking Gun reports.

An elderly couple has filed the lawsuit against the director alleging that he tweeted the couple's address, identifying it as the home of Martin's killer. As a result, the couple said they received death threats.

In court documents attained by TSG, the couple, Elaine and David McClain, are asking for "in excess" of $15,000.

"While defendant intended to post the home address of George Zimmerman, he actually posted the address of plaintiffs Elaine McClain and David McClain," the complaint reads.

According to TSG, the couple originally reached a settlement with Lee in March 2012, but retweets of the director's original message continued to cause them problems.

In the couple's lawsuit, the McClains accuse Lee of "encouraging a dangerous mob mentality among his Twitter followers, as well as the public-at-large."


  • jon siegal | December 31, 2013 11:05 PMReply

    Too bad that elderly couple didn't get killed. Spike would have been up on Murder charges. What a dumb arse. He's a Race Bater, Hater like Sharpton and Jackson. Never mind that the doshe bag he was defending was a low life, juvenile Delinquent.
    Yep...Spike showed his arse again. What a loser.

  • Aaron | November 12, 2013 3:26 PMReply

    You guys reposted the address too!!! What are you thinking??

  • DURANGO | November 11, 2013 11:58 PMReply

    So IndieWire reposts the address as well ? That helps.

  • dim | November 12, 2013 7:39 AM

    EXACTLY!!!! HAHAHAHA. Such morons.

  • Controversy | November 12, 2013 1:27 AM

    Exactly. idiots.

  • Tyler | November 11, 2013 11:46 PMReply

    I like spike. I always have. Sure, his films have been hit-or-miss but I believe he is a good guy. Fact is, this was a simple mistake and he should be held responsible. Maybe a new kickstarter could help.

  • Ian | November 11, 2013 10:42 PMReply

    Spike Lee is such an idiot.

  • Jon Siegal | December 31, 2013 11:08 PM figured the couple should not sue his lame arse? WTF do you live dude....Vietnam? No fck up in Amer. you get sued. If you got money, you get sued for MORE. What if that couple would have been you think that Spike wouldn't be charged with a crime at that point? You are delusional Bro!

  • 'nah | November 12, 2013 8:45 AM

    Spike has always had his head firm up his own ass, but this proves that he is a moron too. He shared that tweet with ALL of his followers. This poor and innocent couple had to live in fear hoping some deranged loon won't come into their house and hurt them because of Spike's stupid and thoughtless actions. It's hilarious to see you desperately cling to any excuse you could find "It was almost a year ago" "he actually retweeted (yeah so much better)" and "people do it all the time". It's kind of shocking that you're that defensive over a mediocre director who thinks he pioneered kickstarter.

  • slice | November 12, 2013 3:33 AM


    First of all, he's not an idiot. He already ''fessed up to sending the tweet last year---which was actually a tweet made by someone else that he re-tweeted, and he also apologized to the couple,admitting that he'd done wrong. That was almost a year ago, and it's funny that the couple just now wants to sue---I guess they figured they could get a settlement out of him since he's a famous director. But, yeah, I think it's stupid for anyone to send info around the net without making sure that it's even true in the first place (evne though people do it all the time) and almost getting some innocent people caught in the crossfire.