Spike Lee Says $10k Settlement Should Suffice For Tweeting False Zimmerman Address
We’ve told you before that Spike Lee is being sued for tweeting out a false George Zimmerman address, posting the whereabouts of an elderly couple, the McClains, instead. But Lee says this should all be over already! He apologized in March 2012 and paid the duo a $10,000 settlement out of court, Clutch reports.
Despite Lee’s public apology and cash to avoid further legal measures, the McClains are asking for an additional $15,000. According to the Florida couple, they were harassed before, during, and after the Zimmerman trial in 2013 as their address was circulated throughout the net. To this day, the McClains maintain they are receiving hate mail, alleging that they remain “anxious and fearful” and the value of their home has plummeted due to Lee’s tweet.
But Spike Lee’s legal team isn’t buying it. According to Lee’s motion to dismiss, the McClains already acknowledged that Lee’s tweet would be retweeted in the future at the time of the settlement agreement. So any alleged “injuries” are caused by unidentified third parties, not by Lee’s year-old, deleted tweet. “Here, at the time that Plaintiffs entered into the Settlement Agreement, it was well-known that it was possible for information posted on Twitter (by Mr. Lee or anyone else) to be retweeted in the future,” says Lee’s motion to dismiss.
“Indeed, the Complaint alleges that it is easy to retweet information by simply clicking a button on Twitter. For these reasons, to the extent that any of the unnamed individuals who posted the McLains’ address on Twitter in 2013 somehow obtained that information from Mr. Lee’s 2012 retweet, such a consequence was eminently foreseeable when the Settlement Agreement was signed,” the motion continues.
Lastly, Spike Lee’s lawyer adds that the lauded film director is protected by the Communications Decency Act, a law that protects Internet users who forward messages from a third party.
The address mix-up, according to the Daily Mail, comes from the fact that the McClains had a son named William George Zimmerman who lived in their Sanford-area home back in the mid-1990s.
Has Spike paid enough?