George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26, 2012, will file a defamation lawsuit against NBC.
Zimmerman is taking the action because NBC edited an audiotape of Zimmerman’s phone call to police the night of the shooting, which made Zimmerman appear to be a racist who was pursuing Martin because Martin was black.
Zimmerman shot Martin after spotting the 180-pound football player walking in the community where Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman told police that Martin attacked him, and that he was forced to shoot the overpowering young man. Martin’s defenders claim Zimmerman was a wild racist vigilante.
The Lawsuit and Tape
Zimmerman is suing NBC because of what he says is its malicious editing. He believes NBC smeared him when it aired a portion of his call to police.
According to the New York Post, Zimmerman’s attorneys “are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on Today on March 27. He also remained the reporter for the story on NBC Nightly News." The Post continues,
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