Friday, March 30, 2012

Spike Lee apologizes, settles with couple after re-Tweeting incorrect Zimmerman address

Spike Lee has apologized for his mistaken re-Tweet for what turned out to be the wrong address for George Zimmerman, the shooter of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who is still being investigated by a special prosecutor.

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The address, first Tweeted by Marcus Davonne Higgins, sent folks to the address of David and Elaine McClain, a couple in their 70s whose home is about four miles from the location of the shooting incident. The confusion came because the McClains' son, William George Zimmerman, once lived at the address.

The McClains went into hiding in fear after Lee's re-Tweet.

Not only did Spike Lee apologize to the couple, on Twitter, he and the couple have reached a financial settlement in the matter. Matt Morgan, the McClain's attorney, made the following statement:

"At this point in time, we have come to an agreement with Spike Lee and his attorneys, and at this point, the matter is fully resolved. Spike has agreed to compensate the McClains for their loss and for the disruption into their lives. He's taken full responsibility."

Late on Wednesday, Lee Tweeted the following message:

"I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace."

Morgan added that Lee also called the McClains to apologize personally. He said,

"We had a very sincere and heartfelt conversation with Mr. Lee today. His apology was genuine and our clients were grateful. We asked Mr. Lee to do the right thing and he did."

Elaine McClain said,

"He was really kind. And when he called us, you could just tell he really felt bad about it. And it was just a slip, and I just know that he really, really has been concerned."

Despite the fact that Lee --- and anyone else Tweeting addresses or personal information --- are violating Twitter's ToS, comedienne Rosanne Barr Tweeted the correct address for the real George Zimmerman's parents. She later deleted that, but also Tweeted (since also deleted)

on Wednesday, Barr tweeted the correct address for Zimmerman's parents, then deleted the tweet, then threatened to tweet it again.

“If Zimmerman isn't arrested I'll rt his address again. maybe go 2 his house myself."

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