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Director Spike Lee issued an apology Wednesday for tweeting the wrong address for George Zimmerman, the man who shot Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The address was actually the home of an elderly couple who was forced to leave when they received threatening messages, hate mail and visitors.
According to The Smoking Gun, the trouble started when the Do The Right Thing director retweeted an address sent out by a Los Angeles man named Marcus Davonne Higgins. Higgins sent out an address in Sanford, FL, the place where Martin was shot, claiming that it was Zimmerman’s address. He sent the tweet to countless celebrities, including Lee, with the instructions “EVERYBODY REPOST THIS.”
The address was really the address of an elderly couple, who feared for their lives and moved to a hotel, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The only possible connection is that they have a son named William George Zimmerman, but they are not related to Zimmerman in any way. "This is really scary, and I'm concerned for my family...It's scary because there are people who aren't mentally right and will take this information and run with it,” William Zimmerman told the paper.
The Smoking Gun reported that the couple who live at the home is David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. Their son, William Zimmerman is 41, while George Zimmerman is just 28-years-old.
Lee finally removed the tweet from his page on Wednesday, later issuing an apology. He wrote, “Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain's In Peace.Justice In Court.”
USA Today reported that the McClains have shuttered their house. "They are older people. It's sad to see. They do not deserve to have to deal with this,” neighbor Betsy told the publication. "She's like the grandma of the street.”
The case of Trayvon Martin has become a widespread controversy across the country, as Zimmerman was not arrested for shooting the 17-year-old. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, though Martin had no weapons and was only carrying a bag of Skittles and an ice tea.