George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted of murder in the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, is suing the unarmed teen's family and others involved in the case. The suit also names prosecutors in the Zimmerman case, alleging false prosecution, as well as book publisher Harper Collins over the October release of "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People". The lawsuit's allegations are a culmination of what was published in a book by Joel Gilbert, titled, "The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America". Prosecutors said Zimmerman profiled, pursued and killed Trayvon after calling police to report him as suspicious. However, Zimmerman claims Jeantel was an "imposter and fake witness", who fabricated accounts of her testimony.
During the trial, an 18-year-old named Rachel Jeantel reportedly told prosecutors that she was Diamond Eugene.
It should go without saying that this documentary is rooted in neither truth, nor facts. "He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims". They also allege that Jeantel lied repeatedly in court, while Martin's supposed "real girlfriend", Brittany Diamond Eugene, "refused to bear false witness" against Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is seeking at least $100 million U.S. in damages from Martin's parents, state prosecutors and two women whom he accused in a Polk County, Florida, lawsuit of helping provide false statements to investigators and during the trial, according to court papers.More news: Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid
"Because of the arrest, charges, prosecution and federal investigation, Zimmerman lives in constant fear of physical harm due to regular death threats, which often are expressed in rap music as well as online social media commentary", the suit says.
The lead defendant in the suit is Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton who reached national attention when fighting for justice for her son.
'This tale defies all logic, and it's time to close the door on these baseless imaginings'. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defence.More news: A smile from Carmelo Anthony reveals more than happiness, it shows evolution
Zimmerman is being represented by Larry Klayman, who founded the right-wing activist group Judicial Watch in 1994.
Last July, an ethics committee of the bar in the District of Columbia recommended that Klayman's law license be suspended for more than two years.
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